Thursday, 30 March, 2017

'Sesame Street' to normalise autism with new muppet

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Felix Bryan | 21 March, 2017, 00:31

CBS' "60 Minutes" introduced a new "Sesame Street" Muppet named Julia, who will debut on the children's educational show next month.

Julia, a Muppet with autism, made her first appearance alongside Elmo in digital storybook We're incredible, 1,2,3.

Jeanette Betancourt, Sesame Workshop's senior vice president of U.S. social impact, said: "We wanted to promote a better understanding and reduce the stigma often found around these children".

The Sesame Street campaign aims to reduce the stigma associated with Autism as well as introduce a better understanding of the condition. She makes her TV debut on "Sesame Street" in the "Meet Julia" episode airing April 10 on both PBS and HBO.

"It's tricky, because autism is not one thing, because it is different for every single person who has autism", said Ferraro. "There's a saying that if you've met one person with autism, you've met one person with autism".

As NPR reports, preliminary findings suggest the material helps families with autistic children feel more comfortable incorporating them in broader community activities, and that families whose children do not have autism are more accepting of those kids who do.

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Julia will debut on the USA channels HBO and PBS, was well as on Cartoonito UK, Australia's ABC network, and Mexico's Televisa. About 1 in every 68 children in the USA has "been identified with autism spectrum disorder", according to the CDC. Gordon knows first-hand what it's like living in Julia's world, because her own son has autism.

"It's important for kids without autism to see what autism can look like", Gordon told the CBS show "60 Minutes" in a preview on Sunday.

Melanie Czoka Simmons commented: "I can't thank you enough Sesame Street!".

Designers use 2 sets of arms for Julia, who uses them to express emotions. "The "Meet Julia" episode is something that I wish my son's friends had been able to see when they were small", Stacey Gordon told the AP. Instead of making fun of her, the other Sesame Street characters will join in.

Julia also will struggle with loud noises and make up a game with her new friends.

"All children with autism are different, but they do have characteristics which are common". Elmo will then explain that "sometimes it takes her a little longer to do things". She likes to play games, blow bubbles and cuddle her favorite stuffed animal.

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