11-year-old girl living with autism, uses music to connect with the world

October 19, 2012

Don’t know if you watched Comedy Central’s Night of Too Many Stars on Sunday, but if you didn’t, you missed a most incredible duet of Jodi DiPiazza, an 11-year old girl with autism, and Katy Perry. The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart brought the duo to stage with touching introduction. “People with Autism shouldn’t be written off. They deserve, like everyone, the chance to reach their potential,” he said. “Lets take a look at what happens when someone actually gets that chance.” Network faithful, you will come away inspired.

  • Jodi DiPiazza, an adorable 11-year-old girl living with autism, uses music to connect with the world.
    At Comedy Central’s Night Of Too Many Stars, DiPiazza had the chance to show off her talents in a duet with one of her favorite singers, Katy Perry. In a pretaped video before the performance, her parents shared their experience raising Jodi.

    “Anything she would hear on TV or on the radio station, she would would walk over to her keyboard and start playing,” DiPiazza’s mother said. “She loves music, and I think through music, and through song, she’s making herself known.”

    Her father explained: “We were afraid she would never speak. Never dreaming she would sing, or even be able to understand. I’ve taken off the idea that there is some limit on her, as she continually proves that that’s not true.”

    The performance brought the house down.

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