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How pop culture is helping spread autism awareness

October 27, 2015

From Sesame Street, to NBC's "Parenthood," to "The Big Bang Theory," TV shows and various pop culture celebrities are helping to destigmatize autism, Newsy reports.

Last week, Sesame Street Workshop announced the first-ever muppet with autism, named "Julia," as part of a new initiative on the show, "Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children”. As children with autism are 5 times more likely to be bullied, having a Sesame Street character on the autism spectrum will be extremely helpful in teaching children how to be more accepting and understanding of other childrens' differences. 

NBC's "Parenthood" was one of the first TV series to feature a character with autism. Max Braverman, played by actor Max Burkholder, had autism on the show that ran from 2010 to 2015. And although the producers of "The Big Bang Theory" have stated that the much-beloved character, Sheldon Cooper, is not on the autism spectrum, actor Jim Parsons told Adweek that after researching the disorder, Sheldon "certainly shares some qualities with those who do."

We've written before about why our community loves Sheldon Cooper, and highlighted the culinary talents of Chase Bailey, a young adult on the autism spectrum who hosts "Chase 'n Yur Face," a YouTube cooking show. Chase also served at our Autism Speaks to Los Angeles Celebrity Chef Gala earlier this month. 

Read more about this on Newsy.