One of the most inspirational things that I saw this week was Katy Perry’s duet with Jodi DiPiazza, a young girl with autism, on Comedy Central’s Night of Too Many Stars. The program was a fundraiser for autism programs throughout the country and it raised over $3.1 million! You can view the video of them singing “Firework” here.
The duet was very touching and Jodi has an obvious talent for both singing and playing the piano, which was great to see. My favorite part is when she hugs Katy Perry at the end and doesn’t let go. I’ve worked a lot with people with autism and other disabilities in the past, so things like this have a special place in my heart.
Other positive things from this week:
- -I love my husband’s new blog. I’m obviously biased, but I think he’s such a talented writer!
- -I don’t know about other areas of the country, but the weather here in Raleigh has been perfect this week. 75 and sunny during the day and 55 at night– it doesn’t get better than that.
- -Without giving it too much hype (I’m pretty sure that Ann Coulter referring to President Obama as a “retard” was a publicity stunt), I love John Franklin Stephen’s response to her comments. John is a Special Olympics athlete and I think he beautifully articulates why statements like hers are hurtful to people with disabilities.
I hope that everyone is having a good week so far! Halloween celebrations will also start this weekend, which is super exciting .