August 22, 2014

Sesame StreetAutism Daily Newscast first reported on the initiative, entitled “See Amazing in All Children,”  in the summer o f 2104. It started with a photo-op at the Empire State Building with Sesame Street character Abby Cadabby and Bob and Suzanne Wright, the co-founders of Autism Speaks. According to a press release on the Autism Speaks blog, the goal of the initiative is to,

“. . . increase understanding, reduce stigma, and demonstrate the commonalities that children with autism spectrum disorder share with all children.”

While many would agree that these are important goals, others question the wisdom of a show like Sesame Street partnering with an organization like Autism Speaks, an organization that has been repeatedly called out by many in the autism community for being unresponsive to the voices of adults with autism.

In the 46 years that the show has been airing, Julia is its first-ever character with autism. The adorable puppet, with orange hair, large green eyes and a charming smile, was presented Wednesday…

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