If you missed Comedy Central’s Fundraiser for Autism on Sunday, October 21, 2012, then you should definitely watch this clip of Katy Perry’s duet with an autistic fan from the show. The fundraiser was called the “Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs” hosted by John Stewart on Comedy Central. The “Night of Too Many Stars” raises money for autism schools, programs, and services all over the US. On of its main goals was to show that autistic children should not be limited because of their brain chemistry, they should be given every chance to succeed and thrive just like children without disabilities. To drive home this point, the fundraiser shared the story of Jodi DiPiazza, an autistic young girl who loves singing.
Jodi was diagnosed with autism at age two. The doctors and specialists at the time told her family that autism is incurable, and not to have to much hope for Jodi’s future. Her parents were devastated and worried that Jodi would never learn to speak or have a normal life. With intensive daily therapy, however, Jodi learned not only how to speak, but how to play the piano as well. Jodi got to have one of her dreams come true at the fundraiser on the 21st, and was able to sing Katy Perry’s song “Firework” with the star. The duet moved many people watching in the audience to tears, and Perry herself said on twitter that it was the most important moment so far in her career.
If you’d like to help give autistic children more opportunities, you can donate to the cause here, or donate $10 by texting STARS to 50555.