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Brings me to tears...

I have always felt that art is not just a means of communication, but is also a means of happiness and development.  If joy is found in some form of art, then an individual has something in which to look forward.  And in learning music, a child can acquire an immense amount of knowledge applicable to other formal studies.  I mean, consider the math that is required--understanding notes--whole note, half note, quarter note...  Fractions!!  Truly understanding that nothing will be had on the first try--that it takes persistence and patience to master any activity is something I feel everyone could benefit from acknowledging.  Art is creative and unrestricted--there is the freedom to try.

We should not limit our avenues.  We should stop believing that we know everything.  We should stop being afraid to admit we are wrong.  We should be willing to make an effort for our selves and for those after us.

A community put in the effort for Jodi Dipiazza--yes, a community.  Her parents gave her the musical resources and the community provided her educational resources.  This is what we should be doing for ALL children at ALL times.

Set aside any judgement you have towards Katy Perry and her music and just watch.  Watch and realize the enormity of this event.  This is the second time I have watched this video and the second time I have cried.  Having supported individuals who have been diagnosed with autism, I can tell you that this is not something you see everyday.  That what Jodi has accomplished is remarkable and I am thankful that she was diagnosed early and started receiving support from her parents and the community (and that it was available).  That her ability to communicate well and display affection is tremendous and my body tingles with excitement for what the implications are of Jodi's success for other children diagnosed with autism and/or learning disorders.  

I wish I could convey with my words how incredible this girl is.  I wish I could convey how much work--how much heartache--must have been involved even just at this point in her and her family's life.  My eyes start to water again thinking about what I just viewed.

This is in part why I have always wanted to be an educator...  But I digress.  Watch the video.


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