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.
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.
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."