‘Sesame Street’ Welcomes New Muppet With Disability
[Source: Disability Scoop]
The people behind “Sesame Street” are introducing a new Muppet who uses a wheelchair in an effort to spotlight children with disabilities around the world.
Ameera, an 8-year-old with a spinal cord injury, relies on forearm crutches or a bright purple wheelchair to get around. Sesame Workshop describes Ameera as “everyone’s favorite comedian” and “a natural leader who encourages others with her bright personality.”
The new Muppet will make her debut next week on “Ahlan Simsim,” or “Welcome Sesame” in Arabic, the version of “Sesame Street” that airs in the Middle East and North Africa. Ameera will also appear in Sesame Workshop’s “Watch, Play, Learn” animated videos, which are designed to help kids learn about math, science, health, safety, child protection and social-emotional issues.
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