Toni Braxton's Son Was Born With Autism. Today, He's A Signed Model And His Mom Couldn't Be Prouder

Date July 24, 2018

Toni Braxton is incredibly proud of her son, who has come a long way since being diagnosed with autism.


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In 2015, the Grammy Award winner talked to AutismSpeaks about her son Diezel's autism diagnosis.


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She revealed in the interview that her then 12-year-old son had autism. However, she has been able to get support from AutismSpeaks.

She said: 

I remember the signs: like no eye contact, very little communication, just little things and I said 'hmm.'

Diezel was diagnosed with autism when he was three years old and, since then, his mom has been a strong advocate for the awareness of the condition.

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Toni recently congratulated her son on Instagram for having signed with Wilhelmina Modeling Agency. 


Congrats Diezy @diezel.braxton on signing to Wilhelmina Modeling Agency!!! 🤩♥️

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Diezel has been very active in the fashion and modeling industry for years now. He never let his condition hold him back and has been able to follow his passion. He has now become an inspiration to many people. 

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Toni also credited early diagnosis for how far her son has come. 


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She got her boy on the right program as soon as he was diagnosed. While praising AutismSpeaks for their help and assistance, she said:

I've come to understand through my friends at Autism Speaks, is there is nothing wrong with our babies.


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She also assured other parents that there was nothing they could have done differently. "It's just what the situation is," she said. 


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Autistic children often find it difficult to engage in two-way communication, especially in social situations. The symptoms and severity may vary but they usually have difficulties understanding someone's intention or emotions.


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There has not been any reported cure for the condition, but early diagnosis and management is always advised. 

Source: Autism Speaks / YouTube

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