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Sesame Streets Growing Disability Community

May 4, 2022 | Breaking News

‘Sesame Street’ Welcomes Another Muppet With  A Disability To Add To Growing Inclusion Community.

Ameera is a green Muppet who uses a wheelchair.

The people behind “Sesame Street” are introducing a new Muppet who uses a wheelchair to spotlight children with disabilities worldwide.

Ameera, an 8-year-old with a spinal cord injury, relies on forearm crutches or a bright purple wheelchair. Sesame Workshop describes Ameera as “everyone’s favourite comedian” and “a natural leader who encourages others with her bright personality.”

The new Muppet will make her debut next week in Sesame Workshop’s “Watch, Play, Learn” animated videos designed to help kids learn about math, science, health, safety, child protection, and social-emotional issues.

Sesame Workshop said that they wish to highlight children with disabilities globally.

Ameera will also appear in videos offering playful learning and support to kids affected by conflict, crisis and displacement.

“Thoughtfully designed to challenge stereotypes and reflect children’s lived experiences, Ameera brings visibility to the more than 12 million displaced persons and 240 million children worldwide estimated to have a disability.

 “There are so many children affected by conflict and displacement. Ameera highlights the urgent need for creative and flexible approaches to delivering playful learning and early education to communities affected by the crisis.

” She also represents the vital role of girls in STEM,” said Sherrie Westin, president of Sesame Workshop.

Scott Cameron, head of international production at Sesame Workshop, said Ameera was developed over two years.

 They sought input from inclusion advisors to ensure that her “identity, movements and equipment were representational.”

Julia, Sesame Street Muppet with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Ameera is the latest in a line of more than half a dozen “Sesame Street” Muppets with disabilities over the years. 

Currently, the show features Ricardo, Rosita’s father, who returns from a military deployment using a wheelchair, and Julia, a 4-year-old with Autism who was introduced in 2015 as part of the Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children initiative.

Sesame Workshop has also released a handful of new autism resources in April, a month often associated with promoting awareness of the developmental disability. The nonprofit said it will offer new videos and activities featuring Julia focused on the themes of friendship and belonging.

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