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“Sunny days” return: “Sesame Street” is introducing an autistic character named Julia, and that’s a wonderful thing

rootbeergoddess:

profeminist:

“Two years after “Sesame Street” debuted an autistic Muppet named Julia on their digital program, the orange-haired tyke is now going to appear on the actual television show.

“It’s tricky because Autism is not one thing, because it is different for every single person who has autism. There is an expression that goes, ‘If you’ve met one person with Autism, you’ve met one person with Autism,’” “Sesame Street” writer Christine Ferraro told “60 Minutes” reporter Lesley Stahl on.

If the character of Julia does her job, Ferraro added, “when [children] encounter [people with disabilities] in their real life it’s familiar. And they see that these — these can be their friends too.”

A survey released by the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore and Johns Hopkins University in 2012 found that 63 percent of children with autism spectrum disorders had been bullied. They were three times more likely to experience bullying than their non-autistic peers.”

Read the full piece here

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The Trump budget pulls money from PBS, the makers of Sesame Street.  Please follow them and support if you can!

https://twitter.com/PBS/status/841295289377943552

For real, people don’t understand how important this is because little kids who are autistic are going to feel validated and important because of her

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