De Niro’s admission of his child’s autism was the first confirmation he’d given publicly, but it was not his family’s first delve into the world of Autism awareness. In fact, De Niro’s wife, Grace, screened the Autism documentary, Sounding The Alarm, at the 2014 TriBeca Film Festival.
The documentary discusses the “Autism Tsunami” and it’s effects on families struggling to get health insurance coverage and government assistance.
“Why isn’t more money being put into the research to find the causes of Autism,” one doctor expresses in the documentary.
De Niro and wife Grace have two children, Elliot, 18, and daughter Helen Grace, 4.