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The Story Behind Julia, the Muppet with Autism

Bethesda, MD, and online

To recognize National Autism Awareness Month, the National Institute of Mental Health Office of Autism Research Coordination is sponsoring "a Panel Presentation featuring speakers from Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, and a meet-and-greet with a costumed Julia character, the Sesame Street Muppet who has autism. Sesame Workshop speakers Jeanette Betancourt Ed.D., Mindy Fila, and Autumn Zitani, M.A., will share the story behind the creation of Julia, the first autistic Muppet, and discuss Sesame’s work to increase public understanding of autism and serve autistic children and their families. The panel presentation is appropriate for ages 10+. Before and after the panel presentation, Walkaround Julia will be available for a meet-and-greet with guests. The meet-and-greet portion of the event is appropriate for all ages. Sesame Workshop is present in more than 150 countries.... Launched in 2015, the 'Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children' initiative has been developed and expanded in consultation with over 250 organizations and experts within the autism community. The initiative offers families ways to manage common challenges, simplify everyday activities, and connect with family, friends, and community," according to an announcement from the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. Registration is free.

For Conference Call Access, dial 800-369-1862, access code: 8948778.

Event is from 1 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Eastern Time.

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April 9, 2018