I'm a little late on this one -- however, I recently learned and was heartened to see that Sesame Street is now including a new character, Julia, who has autism.
With one in 68 children in the United States being identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder, according to the estimates of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is time to destigmatize autism. Kudos to Sesame Workshop for adding this character and for their interactive website called Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children.
Please read the story in Yahoo! Parenting: https://www.yahoo.com/parenting/sesame-street-announces-new-character-with-185850354.html
Joanne Summer, MA, CCC-SLP, a speech-language pathologist based in Morristown, NJ, has helped hundreds of children improve their speech sound production and language skills. She founded Well Spoken Speech Therapy, LLC, in 2014 after spending 12 years providing therapy to children (K-5) in the New Jersey public school system. In private practice, her clients also include younger children and adolescents. In addition, she treats people of all ages who stutter or otherwise find it difficult to speak fluently—an area in which she has received extensive specialized training.