Rodney & Holly Robinson Peete: From Autism To Awesome

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Holly Robinson-Peete and her son, RJ were all smiles at the 2017 NAACP Image Awards. The two were nominated for best literary work youth/teen category for the book, Same But Different Teen Life On The #Autism Express. While they did not take home the trophy, their presence on the red carpet spoke volumes about how far they’ve come since first finding out that RJ was diagnosed with Autism.

Holly and her husband, Rodney, Sr. weren’t prepared for the hardcore truth they heard in the doctor’s office over a decade ago. But the celebrity Apprentice star (Holly) and former NFL quarterback (Rodney), somehow found the strength to face their son’s autism diagnosis.

“After we both kind of cried and said, `Why us?’ But Holly very soon after that rolled up her sleeves and said, `Let’s get to work,”‘ Rodney recalls. “I was the opposite. I was angry more than anything else … I didn’t like to hear what the doctor was saying.”

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In his autobiography, “Not My Boy!”, Rodney, Sr. tells the intimate