Today I want to talk about Julia, Sesame Street’s newest Muppet. I know what you’re all thinking: Tre, what does this post have to do with Cerebral Palsy, and aren’t you to old for Sesame Street? If these are the questions running though your mind right now don’t touch that mouse because I’m about to tell you why I have chosen to do a segment on Julia. She is Sesame Street’s first ever character with a disability. When I was younger I used to watch Sesame Street and let me tell ya back then had they had a character with a disability it could have benefited me in so many ways. I have never felt myself as abnormal but when I was younger I defiantly felt out of place, like something was wrong with me. I know now that I am just the way I was suppose to be but at the age of 4 or 5 being a child with a disability can take a toll on you. You start to wonder why you’re not like all the other kids, you feel like something’s wrong with you. Being in my 20s now I have accepted my disability but at that young age I did feel out of place. This month Sesame Street plans on unavailing their newest Muppet Julia.
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Julia is a Muppet who has Autism. Loud noises upset her, as well as other challenges Autistic children experience. The idea of bringing a Muppet with similar challenges on the show is a great idea, in my opinion, as it helps to normalize young children who have a disability. It helps to show them that they aren’t weird or odd; that other people are going though the same challenges that they are. Whose to say that one day they won’t have a cartoon character with Cerebral Palsy to help those millions of children affected by it see that they’re not alone and maybe that will help to normalize their circumstances. Living with a disability has its challenges and for children with disabilities it can be a tough road ahead, but I believe with an expansion in disabled cartoon characters like Julia we can show our children that their perfect just they way they are. Now don’t get me wrong, they will have their faults and their challenges but who doesn’t. With characters like Julia we can show our children that everyone’s unique and everyone has their own challenges in their own ways.