Elmo and Big Bird are getting a new neighbor on Sesame Street: Julia, a muppet with autism. The character was introduced in 2015 in an online-only digital storybook, and she continues with the show’s social-impact program, Sesame Street and Autism. Now Julia will make her debut on the show — live and in the felt — beginning in April.
Max Bedard, an 8th grader who has autism, was turned away at a school dance. An autistic boy who was turned away from a school dance because of his “inappropriate” outfit inspired a social media movement called #MaxItMonday. Max Bedard is a 14-year-old autistic boy with a sensory processing disorder.
While people are fawning over the will-they-won’t-they relationship between The Weeknd and Selena Gomez, allow us to introduce you to another adorable couple.
A West Virginian mom is thanking the hairdresser who went beyond her usual duties to comfort her autistic son. Isaiah, 4, was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder last February. Barker, 28, has been a hairdresser for almost 10 years.
Flight changes are often an unpleasant, stressful and ultimately a costly experience, but one woman shared a very different encounter on Facebook that has since gone viral. Shaina Murry was catching a flight at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport when she came across a man, known only as Will K., lying on the floor in distress. Unsure of what was wrong, Murry called for medical assistance but after Will repeatedly expressed concern over missing his flight while waiting for the airport’s medical team to arrive, it dawned on Murry that Will was autistic.
A father has Twitter rallying in the search of a little blue cup, after a plea for his son who has autism was shared widely online. Marc Carter needs replacement Tommee Tippee cups for Ben, 14, who refuses to drink from anything else. The baby-bottle line has stopped manufacturing the boy’s favourite cup, and his current feeder has begun disintegrating. “People say he will drink when he’s thirsty but two emergency trips to A&E with severe dehydration say otherwise,” writes the petitioning dad. See the open letter here:
Bringing the kids to the grocery store can be challenging for any parent — those impulse aisles at the cash register were practically designed for a tantrum — but for a parent of a child with autism, the struggle can be next level. Just ask Australian mom, Katie Maree, who recently shared a recent unfortunate experience while shopping at a Coles supermarket. According to the post, both of Maree’s kids are on the autism spectrum and happened to be having a particularly bad day.
If some people have autism, do some fairies have autism too? That’s what 8-year-old Cadence pondered on in a heartfelt letter shared on her blog, I am Cadence. “Dear Fairies, I want to know please, is there an autism fairy?” Cadence writes. “What is her job in fairyland? Can she visit me? I am autism too.” “I will be very gentle and I promise I’m a kind girl and won’t put her in a jar,” she adds. In answer to the young girl’s plea, the ‘Queen Fairy’ penned her own response, which was also shared in the blog post. In it, she explains that there are no autistic fairies. ...
After returning from his youngest son's school night last week, Bob Cornelius discovered a disheartening detail within his son's displayed worksheet. In an assignment asking the students to describe themselves, Cornelius' 11-year-old son Christopher, who is on the autistic spectrum, gave a heartbreaking answer. When asked, "Some of my friends are," Christopher filled in, "No one." SEE ALSO: What your childhood school lunch said about you His father posted Christopher's worksheet and shared his concerns for his son's loneliness. In Cornelius' post, he referenced the compassion of Florida State football player Travis Rudolph eating lunch with Bo Paske, an autistic student at a Florida middle school, and the results that followed. After the story went viral, Bo no longer sat alone. Cornelius used this example to prompt parents to speak with their children about embracing students like Christopher. Image: bobcornelius/facebook He mentions that over the years, Christopher has watched his older brothers have sleepovers with their friends, having never had any because he's never had a friend. He expressed helplessness because he's had to rely on the compassion of others to include Christopher, which hasn't happened. Like Bo Paske, Christopher's story has a very happy outcome. Since Monday his Facebook post has been shared over 27,000 times, with incoming letters and care packages for Christopher. Cornelius has updated the post with, "Many of you have asked to send cards and packages to Christopher, so, please join the party...I will be posting his reactions online."
Emma Shawcross had an interesting experience on a recent trip to her local Tesco. As a mother to an autistic child, Shawcross was thrilled to see this cashier at work — even if the checkout process didn’t go a smoothly as possible. Recognizing the autistic traits of the cashier, thanks to her own 12-year-old, Shawcross wasn’t even bothered when he squished her bread and recounted her change… twice.
This week was a big win for Pennsylvania mother of three, Kristin Jackowski. While shopping at her local ShopRite, she noticed something different at the checkout lines: sensory checkouts. Earlier this month, Jackowski started a petition on Change.org, asking stores for sensory-friendly checkout lanes.
One mother and her autistic son understand this better than most – and were absolutely overwhelmed by the kindness displayed by a sales associate at their local Clarks shoe store. Gem Salter, mom to River Salter, posted to the Clark Shoes Facebook page that around this time of year, shopping malls are particularly stressful for her 6-year-old son. Salter mentioned this on her recent shopping trip with River when she was met by Aaran Daniel, a salesperson at Clarks.
On July 23, Skaggs shared the story of two kids in the water park who let her daughter Baylee skip in front of them in line for the water slide when they noticed her getting agitated. The 5 year old is autistic, and while Skaggs was trying to teach her the importance of waiting in line, when other kids started breaking the rules, she could feel Baylee growing frustrated. Not what she will do but what other people will,” Skaggs explains in the post.
“Thanks to the suggestion of my fellow-autism-mama friend and fellow body painter Ren Allen, I finally introduced Ralphie to Pokemon Go tonight,” Lenore Koppelman writes in a Facebook post. “Hyperlexia is an unusually early ability to read,” Ralph’s father Steve Koppelman tells Buzzfeed.
In the article, Hiatt writes about the varying degrees of autism, and what it feels like to deal with sensory overload. It may come as a bit of a surprise to you, as the only autism you may know of being exposed to have is the low-functioning, severe, non-verbal kind. There’s a whole spectrum of autism, (that’s why its full name is autism spectrum disorder) and no two people with autism are the same.
There’s a new girl moving to Sesame Street: Julia, who has autism. Julia will be featured online playing alongside characters like Elmo, Abby Cadabby, and Grover, Sesame Workshop announced Wednesday. As part of the effort to destigmatize autism, which affects 1 in 68 children in America, Sesame Workshop has also unveiled an interactive website called Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children, along with resources for families, teachers, and caregivers. “Children with autism are five times more likely to get bullied,” Sesame Workshop’s senior vice president of U.S. social impact, Jeanette Betancourt, EdD, tells People.