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Sesame Street Introduces First Character With Autism

There’s a new friend on the street and her name is Julia! Sesame Street Workshop‘s new initiative is designed to bring awareness to autism and with Julia’s help, they’re off to a great start.

According to People, the program was created  for families with children ages 2 to 5, includes resources such as a downloadable app, digital story cards designed to make daily life tasks easier for families of children with autism and storybook materials for providers and caregivers.

Julia and friends

“Children with autism are five times more likely to get bullied,” senior vice president of U.S. social impact, Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, shared with PEOPLE. “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.

You can keep up with Sesame’s dialogue about this initiative using the hashtag #SeeAmazing on Twitter and Instagram.

 



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