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I remember watching this show a lot as a child. Just to further date myself, I remember the Big Bird movie “Follow That Bird,” and I can faintly recall visiting Sesame Place in Texas before it closed.
So of course, seeing one of my favorite childhood shows stepping up for families and communities warms my heart. They have so many great resources and tools online for families of all types, including those touched by autism. Topics include autism (of course), community violence, financial education, and more! This website is a treasure chest of information, activities, and even professional development webinars. If you haven’t visited it yet, the link is below. The more resources, the better!
Sesame Street in Communities
I first heard about Julia, a new Muppet on Sesame Street, over a year ago. She was part of an online autism awareness campaign that Sesame Street launched. I remember that while she was pretty well-received, there was a concern that she may be too “high-functioning” (Can we please think up another way of saying this, by the way?). Julia is now set to make her first appearance on the TV show.
From what I’m gathering in the article from CBS News, Julia as she is appearing on the actual show may be a bit more towards the middle of the spectrum (if such a guideline exists). One character cannot possibly capture the entire autism spectrum, but I do commend Sesame Street for not only introducing an autistic character, but for also consulting with a family in the process.
Newest “Sesame Street” Muppet has autism: Meet Julia
Today article about Julia