As our society attempts to make strides in becoming more inclusive of those with differences of abilities, we can only hope that the inclusion will not only take place in our day-to-day experiences, but also appear in mainstream media. According to a recent article by The Huffington Post, the iconic children’s program, “Sesame Street,” is adding a new character to the mix: Julia, a muppet who has autism. I believe that the inclusion of Julia will be highly beneficial to young viewing audiences who may encounter children with special needs in their day-to-day school experiences. By seeing the character of Julia on their screens, it could encourage them to include their peer who may learn or behave differently, and better understand that these differences do not need to be treated as scary or with trepidation.

Read full article on The Fairfield Mirror.
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