Sesame Street’s recognition of autism – The Lancet Psychiatry

​Sesame Street, a world famous children’s television programme, recently introduced its first autistic character, 4-year-old Julia.1 The decades-old programme, in a 10 min video, has shown its young target audience some characteristics and behaviours of an autistic child, demonstrated how to be receptive towards someone with autism, and how to make her feel comfortable and accepted. This video was applauded globally for its sensitive and accurate depiction of a child with autism.

The Autism Research Centre, in Rawalpindi, was established by two mothers of children with autism spectrum disorder who, unable to find any resources in Pakistan to assist and treat their children, set up this venture to extend autism-focused facilities and support to other families having children with autism spectrum disorder.5 Other non-governmental organisations have been created in the large cities of Pakistan, with services aimed at rehabilitation and inclusion of children and adults with autism spectrum disorder in society, such as the Ma-Ayesha Memorial Centre, PEGHAM, and the RAMAQ Centre for Autism. An online conversation was set up in 2003 to build a supportive community of parents, researchers, and educators, and to facilitate discussions, through the free online portal of the Pakistan Autism Meetup group.​

About akutil86

Diagnosed with Aspergers at 34, this blog chronicles some of the life events I've gone through, and how I hope to help others on the Autism Spectrum. Posts that are personal opinions will be moving to another Wordpress site by the end of the year; for those looking for help with autism, I hope you will continue to visit and spread the word about the articles that most of the time are links to something I read. Please let me know what challenges you are facing, and I will do my best to address them. Thanks for reading my blog!
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