Sesame Street's new Muppet with autism is part of the show's bigger, empathic agenda
Monday, 20 March 2017 Since Sesame Street launched in 1969, it’s been steadily expanding its educational agenda. The earliest episodes were simple, with a focus on helping young viewers get an early start on learning letters, numbers, shapes, and basic vocabulary words. Over the past four decades plus, the team behind the show has progressively gotten more ambitious about addressing social issues as well, preparing kids to interact with one another on the playground and in school. Sesame Street’s latest initiative in that direction is a puppet character with autism: Julia, a 4-year-old girl first introduced in a Sesame Street picturebook, and now joining the cast of the show. Her inclusion on the television series is part of a program called See Amazing In...
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