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Autistic Girl Performs "Firework" with Katy Perry (VIDEO)

Autistic Girl Performs "Firework" with Katy Perry (VIDEO)

Autistic Girl Performs "Firework" with Katy Perry (VIDEO)

With so many of our moms raising special needs kids, we try to share happy and inspiring stories whenever we can. So we're thrilled by this video of an autistic 11-year-old named Jodi DiPiazza performing Katy Perry's song Firework in front of a concert hall full of people — with Katy Perry herself!

The Long Island tween was diagnosed as autistic at the age of two. At the time, her parents feared she would never talk. But they steeped her in an amazing brew of specialized teaching, patience, and love that has led them over time to discard "that idea that there's some limit on her," as her dad says.

To see why he says this, watch Jodi's stirring performance below. We promise it will brighten your day!

Image Source: Comedy Central via YouTube

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CoMMember13631174332594 CoMMember13631174332594 4 years
YOU TRULY HAVE A VERY GIFTED YOUNG LADY .. GOD BLESS YOU
CoMMember13631174332594 CoMMember13631174332594 4 years
i AM RAISING 4 CHILDREN ON MY OWN ( MY HUSBAND PASSED AWAY IN JUNE UNEXPECTEDLY) MY 3 BOYS ALL HAVE A FORM OF AUTISM, IT IS NOT EASY, BUT THEY HAVE MADE GREAT STRIDES , WE ARE BLESSED TO LIVE IN A SCHOOL DISTRICT THAT IS WORKING HARD TO HELP OUR 'SPECIAL CHILDREN' EXCEL IN NOT JUST SCHOOL ,BUT LIFE .. JACKIE MATHEWS .. STATE COLLEGE PENNSYLVANIA
LoriMcNamara91853 LoriMcNamara91853 4 years
All I can say is wow..Simply beautiful! Hats off to those that made this little girls dream come true..
JanetDugas JanetDugas 4 years
BEAUTIFUL preformance
JoanneRullan JoanneRullan 4 years
This video brought me to tears! The way Jodi's parents felt before she got help was exactly what I felt with my son. He didn't really start talking until 4yrs old when he was finally given a referral for speech therapy. Today, although there are some struggles in academics, you can barely tell he is an Asperger's child. He amazes me every day!!
KarlaJamesEischeid KarlaJamesEischeid 4 years
Absolutely beautiful!!
sibabe64 sibabe64 4 years
Beautiful! Wish my 24 yr old was a high functioning autistic but unfortunately she isn't but she enjoys music more than anything. WTG Jodi D
claremilburn claremilburn 4 years
Brilliant!! Well done ! :)
DAWNMILLS88134 DAWNMILLS88134 4 years
fantastic. ive actually been crying. to the parents all your hard work and dedication has paid off. you have produced a gifted child.much love to you all ♥
GinaBritt GinaBritt 4 years
I cried also. I love this video, I loved this song and love that it serves as a great inspiration to others! Thanks to Katy Perry and Jon Stewart who helped to make the program happen. And congrats to her for a job extremely well done.
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