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Meet Julia: Sesame Street's First Muppet with Autism
Sesame Street is debuting their newest friend - a red-headed muppet named Julia. And she has autism. "She is going to be so powerful on two fronts," Sherrie Westin, executive vice president of Global Impact and Philanthropy at Sesame Workshop, tells PEOPLE of Julia. "It will help kids with autism be able to identify with a character and it will also play an important role in destigmatizing autism".
ABC's 'Speechless' gives a voice to kids with disabilities
ABC's "Speechless" (8:30 p.m. Wednesdays). The series, created by Scott Silveri, who grew up with a special needs brother, boldly puts a kid with a disability front and center - and definitely gives him a voice.
Autism At Center Of New TV Drama
One family’s experience with a child on the spectrum is at the heart of a drama premiering on television this summer. The British show “The A Word” will debut in July on SundanceTV. The one-hour drama, which aired on BBC One earlier this year in the United Kingdom, focuses on a “messy, extended family with a child with autism at its center,” the cable network says.

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