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Sesame Street Welcomes Character With Autism

by Carol Polovoy
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Julia, a child with autism, joins the “Sesame Street” muppets in an online story, part of a newly launched website that offers extensive resources for families of children with the disorder.

On the “See Amazing in All Children” site, parents can download and print customizable daily routine cards that feature the familiar muppets, see and hear Julia’s story, and read information and watch videos about siblings, caregivers, friends, public outings and more.

In Julia’s story, “We’re Amazing, 1, 2, 3!”, Elmo helps his friend Abby understand why Julia sometimes doesn’t make eye contact, takes a while to answer a questions, and gets startled by what they consider innocuous noises.

The website notes that although autism diagnosis is common, public understanding of autism is not, contributing to discrimination, verbal abuse and physical violence. “Developed with input from parents, people who serve the autism community, and people with autism, ‘See Amazing in All Children’ offers families ways to overcome common challenges and simplify everyday activities,” the website indicates. “At the same time, the project fosters an affirming narrative around autism for all families and kids.”

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Nancy Datino October 25, 2015 - 10:38 am

I am just curious why they selected a female character instead of a male.

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