Appreciating Autism with Julia

Appreciating Autism with Julia

Julia, the new Muppet with autism autistic on Sesame Street autism awareness appreciation

Sesame Street in October 2015 introduced Julia, a Muppet with autism in one of their storybooks. On Monday, April 10, Julia mad her screen debut!

 

Sunny days have become sunnier at Sesame Street with a new kid on the block, a vivacious girl with bright red hair and large, expressive green eyes. Meet Julia. And she happens to have autism. Announced October 2015Julia made her debut on the beloved children’s show Monday, April 10, as part of Autism Awareness Month. In a video to introduce the character, Julia’s friend Abby Cadabby explains, “lots of kids have autism.” And “that means their brains just work a little differently,” she continues.  As the Amazing Song proclaims, this effort by Sesame Street is to promote not just autism awareness, but autism acceptance and appreciation.

(CBS News made the announcement on Sunday, April 2; the following day, Julia was introduced in Congress.  Incidentally, Power Rangers introduced Billy, a blue character with autism.)

 

A Basis on Research and Experience

Noteworthy is that the people who create and enact the show themselves have experience with autism. Frank Campagna, the writer of the respected blog “Autism Daddy” is one of the video producers at Children’s Television Workshop. In his blog, he discusses how, after the birth of his severely autistic son, he sought to bring awareness and acceptance of the condition on the show.  And bringing Julia to life is puppeteer Stacey Gordon, an advocate and a parent of a boy with autism.

A researcher at Virginia Tech, herself a mom of a boy with autism, praises the way Julia doesn’t just talk about autism, but shows her young audience how autism is another way of thinking and being, providing the tools for them to interact with their autistic peers.

 

Resources for Parents

“Sesame Street and Autism” offers a variety of resources for parents, including the following:  Storybook image of Julia, a Sesame Street Muppet with autism

 

Sunny Day
Sweepin’ the clouds away
On my way to where the air is sweet

Can you tell me how to get,
How to get to Sesame Street

Come and play
Everything’s A-OK
Friendly neighbors there
That’s where we meet….

The Janusz Korczak Association Will Hold Its 4th Meeting via Conference Call, Monday, September 16, 2013, from 7:00 to 8:30 Eastern Time

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 INVITATION

The Janusz Korczak Association of the USA will have its next meeting on Monday, September 16th from 7pm – 8:30-pm EST (New York time) via conference call. Please call 888-998-2663 and use participant code – 3131820#.

If you are planning to attend the call, please let Mariola Strahlberg know by sending email to shiningmtnny@aol.com.  Please include items of interest to you so that I can include them in the agenda.

Tentative agenda for the call:

  • Report from the trip to Korczakowo, Poland and CATS Conference, Switzerland
  • Korczak’s presentations
  • Korczak’s exhibits
  • Timmy the Great play in NYC
  • Update about Korczak’s Facebook page
  • Update on the Five Star Program©
  • Kurt Bomze’s proposal for 2 projects and letter about Syrian Children.

If you have articles or any other information for our 1st newsletter, please send them to me by September 15th. We have few people who are not able to receive emails and we would like to communicate with them via our newsletter.

If this is your first meeting, please send the following information:

  • Name:
  • Organization:
  • Interest:
  • Phone number:
  • Email address:
  • A paragraph about who you are.

If you have friends who may be interested to join us, don’t hesitate to share this invitation with them. The purpose of our meetings is to create a core group of people who are interested in carrying Korczak’s legacy in the USA.  We all have a desire to do something with the information we have. By creating a working group, we find support, creative ideas and energy to move the work forward.

For the Janusz Korczak Association of the USA.

Mariola Strahlberg

www.shiningmtnforkids.com

845-425-7243