A child with autism shines with Katy Perry’s help

My AJC colleague Jay Bookman ends the week with a music video. I want to follow his example today as I think this music video also delivers a message about the power of education to improve kids’ lives. (And it also speaks to the character of singer Katy Perry.)

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Private Citizen

October 19th, 2012
9:46 pm

Interesting coincidence. Overly Attached Girlfriend (OAG) Laina is raising funds for a surf camp for autistic children. http://www.geekosystem.com/overly-attached-charity/

FYI Laina gained fame from entering a contest for Justin Bieber song with a very weird creative video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA96RGLwMuw If you haven’t seen it, it is pretty funny. She was a finalist and Bieber made googly eyes at her on cue with her video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28rtEsBK_LQ#t=58s Laina is from Denton, Texas, classic college town like Athens, Georgia or Missoula, Montana.

BlondeHoney

October 19th, 2012
9:55 pm

Thanks, Maureen for posting this…very inspiring :)

VanderbiltWhitney

October 20th, 2012
9:32 am

Oh my goodness. How magnificent! To think I didn’t care much for Katy Perry or the song:”Firework” before seeing this. Thank you for bringing awareness to autism. Many parents don’t know what to do and not having the support/ resources they need, send their children to facilities like the Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton, MA, that uses painful shocks as their “treatment”. Please do whatever you can to have aversive practices like that stopped and other positive treatment like this used instead. Kudos and thanks to Jodi DiPiazza, her parents, Jon Stewart, Katy Perry, and everyone else involved in bringing autism to the forefront. Stop the JRC!

Teach Forever

October 20th, 2012
10:57 am

That was incredible! I was so glad to see Katy Perry was willing to take a back seat to the little girl; she kept it all about Jodi, not about what a great person she is to do this with her.

Still in the dark with APS

October 20th, 2012
11:42 am

Supt. Davis–this video represents what “Children expect the world of us” really means….I’ve watched it repeatedly. Perhaps, you should do the same. Thanks Maureen.

ChristieS.

October 21st, 2012
5:51 pm

Magnificent. Simply magnificent.

3schoolkids

October 22nd, 2012
10:44 pm

Thanks for posting this Maureen! Had seen it circulated Friday and hope it gives parents of children with Autism hope. Everything is so daunting in the beginning, I am so thankful for all who have helped our family along the way.

Kay

October 24th, 2012
5:40 pm

Absolutely beautiful and amazing. A blessing indeed !!