Elmo and Abby Cadabby have a new friend and she is on the autism spectrum. Sesame Workshop has introduced Julia as part of their “Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children” initiative.
The goal of the program is to reduce the stigma associated with autism. A 2012 study by the Interactive Autism Network found that a total of 63% of 1,167 children with ASD, ages 6 to 15, had been bullied at some point in their lives. Get our anti-bullying resources here.
The initiative also aims to educate kids as well as their parents on how to have successful interactions with kids on the spectrum. During Autism Awareness Month in April, 2014, Sesame Workshop teamed up with Autism Speaks for a PSA featuring co-Founders Bob and Suzanne Wright and Abby Cadabby - watch it below.