Caring for children with special needs isn’t always easy. Yet, there are so many strong parents out there caring for their children that may just need a little more attention and extra love stepping up to the plate. While this may have moments where it gets difficult, it can end up being one of the most rewarding things someone’s done in their life. Children with special needs are truly special and they have a lot more dedication, heart and gentleness inside of them than most people do in this world.

Children with special needs can be born to anyone. It’s not a situation that discriminates based on culture, geography, or economic standing. This means there are many celebrities that are caring for their own children out there with special needs. From rare genetic disorders to Autism, they’re doing the same thing other parent is doing, trying their best.

Some celebrities you’ll find on this list have children with special needs that are basically common knowledge, where others may end up surprising some people. It takes a lot of love and patience to care for a child with special needs, and the parents will more than likely have a day or two they find extremely difficult for them. There are 20 things each of those parents really need to hear. Throughout this list, not only are there 20 celebrities that have special needs children, but also words of optimism and love that everyone needs to hear.

1. John Travolta

John Travolta and his wife, Kelly Preston, rarely are ever heard talking about their son Jett. We never really even knew the extent of his special needs until Jett’s tragic passing at such a young age. Jett had Autism, and at the age of 16 he suffered a seizure which resulted in him hitting his head and ultimately passing away. The world was there fore John and Kelly during this time, and everyone felt for this family.

Just like John and Kelly, one thing parents always seem to need reminding of is that they’re not alone. There are tons of other parents sitting and feeling alone just like them. Social media and Facebook has become a great outlet that parents can easily turn to. Whether they need the ability to vent to a group that understands, or they just need parents to talk to that seem to be struggling with the same things they are.