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Julia is the newest friend to join the “Sesame Street” family in a new program designed to spread awareness about children with autism.  The wide-eyed and cheerful little girl plays an essential role in Sesame Street and Autism: See All in Amazing Children, an initiative launched Wednesday to promote awareness about autism.

According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). A 2014 report by the CDC estimates that 1 in 42 boys has autism, which is 4.5 times as many as girls (1 in 189).

The Sesame Street and Autism: See All in Amazing Children program is available as an app as well as on desktop. It consists of daily routine cards and resources to help family, friends and others who encounter children with autism.

Sesame Workshop partnered with 14 other organizations, including the Yale Child Study Center and Autism Speaks, on the initiative.  In the digital storybook, Elmo plays with Julia on the playground and helps his friend Abby Cadabby understand that Julia plays differently than them.

Through his patience and understanding, he helps Abby understand Julia.  Sesame Street is using #SeeAmazing on social media to encourage people to share their stories, videos and pictures as a way to keep the conversation and network of support ongoing.

 

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