Sesame Street Spreads Awareness About Children with Autism

Meet Julia! Sesame Street’s newest character is helping us “See Amazing” in all children. Julia, a muppet with autism, joins Big Bird, Elmo and the rest of the Sesame Street family in the program’s new nationwide initiative to build empathy and spread awareness about children with autism.

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On Wednesday, Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children was launched online. Julia is one part of the initiative designed to educate and raise awareness of autism among families and communities with children ages 2 to 5. Developed with input from parents, people who serve the autism community, and people with autism, See Amazing in All Children is available as an app and online at autism.sesamestreet.org. It includes interactive tools, videos, and an online resource center to help build awareness and understanding around autism, offering families ways to overcome common challenges and simplify everyday activities.

“Children with autism are five times more likely to get bullied,” said Sesame Workshop’s senior vice president for U.S. social impact, Dr. Jeanette Betancourt. “And with one in 68 children having autism, that’s a lot of bullying. Our goal is to bring forth what all children share in common, not their differences. Children with autism share in the joy of playing and loving and being friends and being part of a group.”

Learn how you can celebrate the uniqueness of each and every child! Visit autism.sesamestreet.org or download the app today.