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Cher, Jack Black, Bryan Cranston and Jim Parsons are among a handful of celebrities willing to liven up your phone’s voice mailbox as part of an autism fundraiser.

Autism Speaks is offering the chance to get a custom-recorded message from “Batman” actor Adam West, Bryan Cranston of “Breaking Bad,” singer Cher, Jim Parsons of “The Big Bang Theory,” Mark Hamill from “Star Wars,” Michael Dorn of “Star Trek,” sportscaster Vin Scully and actors Jack Black, Peter Dinklage and Zachary Quinto.

A limited number of the recordings are available in exchange for $299 each, which will go toward the autism nonprofit. Fans can specify what they want their chosen celebrity to say in the brief messages which will be delivered on digital files.

The unique fundraising effort was dreamt up by actor Ed Asner, known for his role as Lou Grant on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” and his son, Matt Asner, who works for Autism Speaks.

A similar campaign last year offered recordings from notables including Morgan Freeman, Tom Hanks, William Shatner and Betty White.

“We decided that bringing together a group of celebrities with great voices to do a kind of ‘voiceathon’ would be a fun way to raise awareness and funds for the autism community,” Ed Asner said. “The campaign was such an overwhelming success and received so much positive feedback we had to do it again.”

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  1. marie camp says:

    Celebrities like these make Autism Speaks money and I really appreciate they take the time for our worthy cause. The more we advocate and speak the more we are heard.

  2. Whitney says:

    I am grateful the celebrities are taking their time to do this. I know quite a few people with Autism do not like Autism Speaks and I am one of them. If you want to add few of us board in decision making process then you have court us.

  3. KA101 says:

    Can’t say as I feel myself supported here. aut$peaks doesn’t speak for me, so I guess none of these folks would either.

    And that’s a shame. I know several people who would probably enjoy having the voice of Worf or Luke Skywalker record a message for them. Would that Mr. Dorn & Mr. Hamill (along with the rest of these people) would record for groups such as ANI or ASAN.

  4. Becca says:

    Autism Speaks has an unethical tradition of dehumanizing people with autism in its messaging as “burdens” and “family destroyers.” They help create the mass media climate where murdering a child with a disability is somehow “understandable.” I have no idea why Americans why support such a dangerous and anti-human rights organization, unless we somehow enjoy perpetuating the image of people with autism as “lesser than” (which is so untrue). Look into Autism Speaks work–their CEOs sit on a lot of fat cash and the research they fund is to “cure” or eliminate neurodiversity.

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