Toni Braxton’s Formerly Autistic Son Is Now A Signed Model, And She Can’t Stop Gushing

Toni Braxton has always been a proud parent, always sharing how great her sons are. But she took to Instagram recently to celebrate one of her son’s, Deizel, extra special milestone.

“Congrats Diezy @diezel.braxton on signing to Wilhelmina Modeling Agency,” the celebrity mom exclaimed. Diezel has been heavily active in the fashion sphere for the past few years. The teen has served as an inspiration to many since successfully moving past autism. If you remember, it was a few years ago when Deizel was just 13-years-old that Braxton found out he was no longer on the autism spectrum.

“My youngest son— everyone knows— my son Diezel suffers from—or I should say suffered from Autism,” explained Toni.

“I am one of the lucky parents.

Early diagnosis changes everything. I will tell you this. I will it from the rooftops. My son Diezel is off the spectrum. Off the spectrum being autistic. Susan Wright, who unfortunately from Autism Speaks when she found out about my son and I she called me immediately and said ‘Get him in this program. Do this, do that.’ She’s been an advocate in helping me so much. I miss her already. I mean, I can’t believe she’s gone.”

“No signs of autism.

He’s our social butterfly. He’s the one who plays with friends and hangs out all the time. Very, very fortunate. And I don’t like to think there’s anything wrong with our babies. I just think they learn differently.”

Autism, or, more formally, an autism-spectrum disorder, is a condition where an individual struggle to engage in two-way communication, especially in social situations.

While the severity and precise symptoms of autism can vary that is why it is referred to as a spectrum, problems understanding another person’s intentions and emotions are a central feature. People with autism may also find it challenging to engage in small talk, or even to talk at all. Other symptoms of autism include a need for a particular routine or hyperfocus on a narrow group of interests, but the difficulty in social communication is often the most impairing.

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