Toni Braxton narrates a new public service announcement that urges parents to visit an autism Web site (autismspeaks.org) to learn about early warning signs of the developmental disorder.
“All of us – parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers and family friends to children – must become familiar with the red flags for autism,” Braxton says. “The earlier children are diagnosed and early intervention begins, the better chance a child has of a brighter future.”
Braxton’s 5-year-old son Diezel appears with his mom in the PSA, as she points out that one in 150 children are now diagnosed with autism. Diezel was diagnosed at the age of three.
In other Braxton news, TMZ.com is reporting that the entertainer missed performing on the season finale of “Dancing With the Stars” because she underwent surgery to remove a lump in her breast.
“TMZ has learned Braxton discovered a lump in her breast before she was set to appear on ‘DWTS’ and was told she had to have it removed immediately,” the Web site reported Friday. “Rather than have the surgery right away, Braxton chose to wait until after she was eliminated from the show. Luckily, it turned out to be benign.”
Braxton was still recovering from the surgery when the finale took place in November.