JULIA FLOAT

I don’t know about you, but when I think of Thanksgiving, I think of a few things. I think of pigging out on turkey and stuffing, spending time with family, and of course…the MACY’S Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. I usually watch it every year, or at least parts of it. My favorite part is usually the end where Santa Claus shows up with his elves, Mrs. Claus, and reindeer sleigh float. However, this year, I did not watch it. BUT I saw an article just now that I was just incredibly happy to see. If you have been following my blog or reading my posts, or watched CSPAN last year, then you know I was at the unveiling of Julia, the Autistic Muppet on Sesame Street. I thought Julia was a great idea at the time, and still. Well, fast forward to Thanksgiving Day of 2018 and who makes an appearance on the Sesame Street float as part of the Thanksgiving Day Parade? None other than my favorite Autistic Muppet, Julia. I was so excited to see this article! Julia was actually wearing noise-cancelling headphones, per her character. I love seeing this inclusion and awareness of Autism on a scale this large. Julia was joined on the float by the likes of Rosita and probably the most famous character ever created for Sesame Street, Big Bird. I am not the only one who appreciates what Sesame Street is doing by including Julia in the Parade. Twitter exploded with posts about #Julia and #SesameStreet. I am not on Twitter but some of the responses were included in the article, which I have attached. As a person on the Autism Spectrum, I feel like I was being represented vicariously through Julia on the float. And yes, I am aware that there are millions of people on the Spectrum in the United States. But knowing how passionate I am about the subject of Autism awareness and self-advocacy, this is incredible! I am so glad they decided to take a “new” character and just run with it. So to Sesame Street, thank you! I, along with other people on the Spectrum, appreciate what you are doing and I, for one, appreciate such a large and powerful TV show for advocating for Autism. Sesame Street has always been one of those shows that kids love and parents almost idolize because it is fun, yet educational. Kids learn while having fun watching TV. And I think that is a rare combination nowadays. Sesame Street has been around for an amazing FIFTY years, and shows no signs of stopping. That in itself is an amazing accomplishment! So to wrap this up, I am beyond words of how honored I am knowing that such a huge name not only in TV, but in media all across the board, is fighting for the same thing I am. I have always admired and respected Sesame Street, and this just solidifies my admiration in the show. Keep up the great work, Sesame Street! And Julia…keep inspiring people to look up Autism and advocate! Julia, as you told me last year…YOU ARE AMAZING! Thanks!

-Tom

Author: AuTom Spectrum Blog

I have Autism and am a self-advocate and public speaker. On the side I do stand-up comedy. I live in Baltimore County and have an AMAZING girlfriend

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