Teen Girl With Autism Sings Incredible Duet With Weird Al Yankovic
Jodi DiPiazza was diagnosed with autism when she was 2-years-old, and she was initially non-verbal. But then her parents discovered Jodi's love for music, an interest and talent they nurtured.
Music quickly became Jodi's passion, and it helped her develop her verbal and social skills.
At the age of 9, Jodi wrote a song called "Heroes of Autism," which was part of a Toys R Us/Autism Speaks campaign that raised $3 million for autism research. And at the age of 10, she was accepted into a pre-college music prep program at Mannes College/The New School in New York City, which she still attends when she's not at public school.
When Jodi was 11-years-old, she was given an unforgettable opportunity: to sing "Firework" as a duet with Katy Perry, one of her favorite artists. They sang together as part of Comedy Central's "Night of Too Many Stars," an event dedicated to autism awareness.
That was three years ago.
This year, Jodi, now 13, returned to Comedy Central's annual event to sing a second duet with another favorite artist, Weird Al Yankovic. The two sing the funny parody "Yoda," accompanied by ActionPlay Chorus, a choir of kids with autism.
Watch the amazing duet between Jodi and Weird Al below. We think Jodi can also bring the house down with Finnish band PKN (Pertti Kurikan Nimipaivat)!
Sherry Huang is a Features Editor for Parents.com. She loves collecting children's picture books and has an undeniable love for cookies of all kinds. Her spirit animal would be Beyoncé Pad Thai. Follow her on Twitter @sherendipitea.
Screenshot of Jodi and Weird Al courtesy of the Comedy Central video