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Mon Mar 20, 2017, 07:28 AM

Julia, A Muppet With Autism, Joins The Cast Of 'Sesame Street'

Source: NPR



For the first time in a decade, the classic children's television show Sesame Street will introduce a new Muppet on the air.

Her name is Julia. She's a shy and winsome 4-year-old, with striking red hair and green eyes. Julia likes to paint and pick flowers. When Julia speaks, she often echoes what she's just heard her friends Abby and Elmo say. Julia has autism.

"There's so many people that have given her what she is. I'm just hoping to bring her the heart," says Stacy Gordon, the veteran puppeteer selected to play the part.

Presenting Julia to the gang requires a bit more explanation of her differences and hidden talents for the other Muppets and their young viewers. As Abby Cadabby (the 3-year-old fairy played by Leslie Carrara-Rudolph) explained during NPR's recent visit to the set in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens, N.Y., it can be hard to get Julia's attention. Big Bird had to repeat himself to get her to listen, for example. And she sees things where others don't.

Read more: http://www.npr.org/2017/03/20/520577117/julia-a-muppet-with-autism-joins-the-cast-of-sesame-street

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demmiblue Mar 20 OP
shenmue Mar 20 #1
msanthrope Mar 20 #2
Vinca Mar 20 #3
Odoreida Mar 20 #4
christx30 Mar 20 #5
Kimchijeon Mar 20 #7
Vinca Mar 20 #9
TexasMommaWithAHat Mar 20 #6
Archae Mar 20 #8
kimbutgar Mar 20 #10

Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 07:36 AM

1. Wonderful

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 07:45 AM

2. I'm not crying, just in case you wondered why my eyes were shiny. nt

 

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 08:05 AM

3. And she's immediately on Trump's "hit list."

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Response to Vinca (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 08:30 AM

4. Sesame Street will probably survive. n/t

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Response to Odoreida (Reply #4)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 08:57 AM

5. It's being produced by HBO these days,

so, you're right.

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Response to christx30 (Reply #5)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 10:43 AM

7. Yeah that's true.

At least Sesame Street will be safe!

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Response to christx30 (Reply #5)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 12:25 PM

9. But if PBS didn't survive, people would have to purchase HBO to see Big Bird.

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Response to Odoreida (Reply #4)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 09:34 AM

6. Sesame Street makes gobs of money

from licensing. If Sesame Street can't survive, nothing can.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 11:15 AM

8. I saw her on "60 Minutes" last night.

And someone posted to YouTube their autistic boy throwing a tantrum.

And...

The comic strip "Bizarro" had a meeting of fantasy creatures, including a unicorn, mermaid, Bigfoot, and the vaccine that causes autism.
The anti-vaxxers threw a fit.

http://bizarro.com/2017/03/13/wildestweekever/#more-94812

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 01:03 PM

10. This is so wonderful

When my son was diagnosed in 1996 with autism I always had to explain what autism was to adults and children. As the years progressed I no longer had to explain. When I apologized for my son and said he had autism more people told me they had a relative or neighbor or a co worker who had a child with autism. We took our son to Mexico and I would apologize and say he had autism even there people understood and said no problem.

I love that they are educating children now at an early age about autism. I am sad though pbs is being defended though. Such a cruel cute (of course one of many).

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