Parents and grandparents of young children may still watch Sesame Street quite a bit, but for the rest of us, it's simply a happy part of our childhood memories. Still, the latest news from the show is something that should make us ALL pay attention.
Sesame Street has just introduced its newest character, Julia, a preschool girl with autism who does things a little differently than her friends.
Meet Elmo's newest friend, Julia! She's Sesamestreet's first character with Autism. http://cnn.it/1Xm0AoC?Posted by CNN on Thursday, October 22, 2015
Meet Elmo's newest friend, Julia! She's Sesamestreet's first character with Autism. http://cnn.it/1Xm0AoC?
“She has some behaviors like not looking at you directly in the eye; she’s a little more sensitive to noises and lights. But when she comes together with other characters Abby and Elmo, she shares not only these challenges but also what she has in common,” a representative from Sesame Workshop, which is working hard to offer more online resources to parents of children with autism, told ABC News.
For now, Julia is only a part of Sesame’s digital resources, and not yet on television--but we have high hopes she'll make her TV debut soon. We're also loving the show's awesome new song, "Amazing," which celebrates diversity in children and has lyrics that drive home an important message: "We all want to laugh and we all want to play. We all are amazing, each in our own way." Watch the heartwarming music video below.
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