By peoplestaff225
May 03, 2007 01:16 PM

While serving as co-host of The View Thursday, Jenny McCarthy said she wanted to "acknowledge and confirm" that her son Evan Joseph Asher is, indeed, autistic. The actress made the announcement in the context of discussing her upcoming book Louder Than Words: A Mother’s Journey In Healing Autism, a work which she hopes will inspire and challenge the parents of of autistic children.

Evan, who turns 5-years-old on May 18, has "come a long way" according to his mother.

Louder Than Words is scheduled for a Sept. 6 release.

Source: People