Griffin Arthur Fraser Didn’t Let Autism Define How He Lives His Life

By RahulPublished on: June 19, 2024 Updated on: June 25, 2024
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Griffin Arthur Fraser, 21, is often mentioned in the media, but not always for reasons that do him justice. As the eldest son of Brendan Fraser and Afton Fraser Smith, he has been in the spotlight since birth primarily due to his health woes. Born on September 17, 2002, he was diagnosed with autism as an infant, a subject frequently covered in tabloids.

Many stories center on his diagnosis and the struggles his parents faced. His dad Brendan has been very open about what it’s like raising a son with autism. In one such interview with GQ, Brendan shared, “Griffin’s ranked on the autism spectrum. And so he needs extra love in the world, and he gets it.”

He also described how Griffin’s presence influenced his family dynamics, saying, “He’s a curative on everyone who meets him, I noticed. People have some rough edges to them. Or he just makes them, I don’t know… put things into sharper relief and maybe find a way to have a little more compassion”.

While many articles focus primarily on Griffin’s diagnosis and his parents’ experiences, they often overlook the most important part: his journey and how he’s navigating his life today.

This article will dive into how he has overcome challenges and enjoys life today. From dancing at charity galas to participating in creative activities, Griffin’s story is one of resilience, joy, and an incredible support network.

His Vibrant Life Shows Autism Doesn’t Hold Him Back

Griffin’s life is full of exciting moments that show how he’s making the most of every opportunity. One of the highlights is his participation in the Dancing Stars of Greenwich Charity Gala in 2022. The event, hosted by the Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Greenwich, is similar to ‘Dancing With the Stars.’

Griffin, who stands at a height of 6ft 5inches, didn’t just attend; he was a star performer, dancing to Harry Styles’ “Watermelon Sugar.”

Griffin Fraser dancing with his group
Griffin (second from left) is dancing.

But dancing isn’t the only thing Griffin loves. In 2021, he also showed off his acting skills in a Sgt. Peppers skit during an event hosted by Abilis,  Not for Profit Organization.

Griffin doing a skit
Griffin doing a play with his friends.

In addition to this, he often appears at charity and gala events for Abilis and other nonprofit organizations. One notable appearance was on May 13, 2023, at the Together We Shine event at Christ Church. Griffin walked the red carpet wearing a black suit, accompanied by his father.

Griffin’s participation in such events highlights his enthusiasm and how he’s thriving in his own way. These activities are more than just fun for him; they’re a big part of how he engages with the world and enjoys life to the fullest.

Support from Abilis has been a cornerstone in Griffin’s journey. Abilis is a non-profit organization that provides services and support for individuals with special needs. Griffin has greatly benefited from their programs, which have helped him flourish. His parents are actively involved with the organization, especially his mom, Afton, who serves as a co-chair for their Spring Gala.

How Griffin Arthur Fraser’s Mom Created A Book Purely Out Of Love To Help Kids Like Him

Griffin’s mother’s side of the family has always been a huge support system for him. This was especially evident when his grandmother Miriam Smith and his mother Afton created “Point to Happy: A Book for Kids on the Autism Spectrum.”

When Miriam realized there were no books specifically designed for children with autism while searching for one for her grandson, Griffin, she saw an opportunity to make a difference.

His mom Afton told StamfordAdvocate,

My mother was looking for a book for Griffin, a book specifically for kids with autism and she couldn’t find any. She found books for siblings, clinical books and nothing just for the kids. Being the kind of family we are, she’s an artist, she said,`let’s just make one.

Miriam then teamed up with her two daughters, Afton, an actress, and writer, and Margo Smithwick, a photographer. After two years of dedication and hard work, they brought ‘Point to Happy’ to life.

Griffin Arthur Fraser and Afton Smith Fraser
Griffin (third from left) with his mom Afton and others.

This book is more than just pages and pictures; it’s a beacon of hope for children with autism and their families. It uses simple images and an attached pointer to help children express their feelings and communicate more effectively.

His Baby Brothers Were His Pillars Growing Up

His younger siblings, Holden Fletcher Fraser, 19, and Leland Francis, 18 have been instrumental in his journey.

Their father Brendan once mentioned that when they were young, one brother has always been the spokesperson and the other the enforcer for Griffin. This dynamic shows the close bond and protective nature of the Fraser siblings.

Brendan Fraser, Leland and Holden Fraser
Brendan with his two boys, Leland (left) and Holden (right).

Brendan and Afton, although divorced, have maintained a cooperative relationship to co-parent their children, especially their oldest. What’s more, Brendan’s girlfriend Jeanne Moore is also close with his sons.

About Author: Rahul

Rahul has been diving into the world of entertainment in niches like celebrity, anime, and health articles since 2016. As a passionate writer, he combines personal experiences with thorough research to create content that's not only informative but also relatable and engaging.