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PBS Kids to Promote Autism Awareness Month Through Inclusion of Characters with Autism

Nava Silton

In honor of Autism Awareness Month in April PBS Kids is using the platform of their most popular children television shows to educate and promote awareness about autism. This initiative will start with the introduction of Julia, the new Muppet with autism, on Sesame Street. In the brand new episode Big Bird meets Julia for the first time and learn more about her condition. In addition to Julia, PBS Kids will air a two part episode of their popular show Dinosaur Train showcasing a dinosaur who know a lot about the other dinosaurs, but has difficulty with social interactions. Lastly, PBS Kids will be playing reruns of episodes of the show Arthur which include a character named Carl who has Asperger’s Syndrome. Learn more about PBS Kids efforts to promote autism awareness in the Huffington Post article here