I generally do not watch reality TV shows like American Idol or, in this case, America’s Got Talent. BUT in this instance, I am making a MAJOR exception. I am so happy to see “my kind” being represented in such a positive light on TV! In case you have no idea what I am talking about, allow me to fill you in: Kodi Lee first appeared on America’s Got Talent on the Season 14 opening show earlier this year. All of the judges were completely blown away by Kodi. So what makes Kodi Lee so special? Well for starts…he is blind. Yes, I know there a few other blind musicians out there like Ray Charles (RIP) and Stevie Wonder, but Kodi is just incredible! On top of being blind, he also has Autism. The combination of the two seems to be a losing situation, but not for this kid! He killed the competition from audition one and kept it going! Now, not only is Kodi virally famous. HE FREAKING WON AGT! Well done Kodi Lee!

So now what? Well Kodi is going to be performing in Vegas for a few shows, on top of getting $1,000,000. I just hope this fame doesn’t go to Kodi’s head. Apparently, Kodi wants to “have a grand piano in every color”. To me, that is actually kind of funny. How would he know what color he is buying since he is blind? But all kidding aside, I cannot be happier for a legitimately blind, Autistic kid winning what I consider to be a “fake reality” show. A lot of the people on these kinds of shows use auto-tune or mess up intentionally just to get on TV and have their 15 minutes of fame. Kodi is kind of a prodigy and the real deal. He is someone you can believe in.

So Kodi, or if anyone who knows him, is reading this…congrats! I am so happy that the Autistic population is being represented so well on national television. I am not speaking for the entire Autistic population, but you at least have my support. Thanks for reading and congrats again Kodi!


Author: AuTom Spectrum Blog

I have Autism and am a self-advocate and public speaker. On the side I do stand-up comedy. I live in Baltimore County and have an AMAZING girlfriend

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