Life becomes a bit more better when you have other people that you can relate to. People that have the same weird habits, wear the same clothes, listen to the same music, and have the same health issues. It feels good when you know you’re not alone.
When watching T.V. or reading books, you have characters that you can relate to, but for some, there are none. If there are some, they are hard to find. You may have your typical clumsy girl, awkward guy, lazy friend, person in a wheelchair, or the one that eats a lot. There are the superheroes with their everyday problems, and then Disney have a variety of princesses of different cultures.
Sesame Workshop launched an initiative, Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children, that is aimed to bring more awareness to autism on Wednesday. So say hello to Julia, their new muppet character that has autism! She is depicted in their new online storybook called We’re Amazing 1,2,3!
Because of this initiative, people are becoming more aware of autism and that is great. A lot of people with autism have been bullied just because they are not understood, because they are different. “A recent study reveals that children with autism are five times more likely to be bullied than their peers.” According to the website. In the book, Elmo, who has been taught about autism from his dad, helps Abby Caddaby to understand Julia while they are out having fun.
“Hi!” Abby calls loudly. Julia doesn’t answer. “I don’t think your friend likes me,” says Abby sadly.
“Elmo doesn’t think that’s true.” Elmo says. “It’s just hard for her to talk when she’s swinging”
This is a great way to introduce autism to young children. Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children is showing that those with autism like to have fun and make friends too, they just do things a little differently. Welcome Julia, we are glad you could join us!