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!