Sesame Street launches its first crowdfunded campaign, to prevent autistic kids from being bullied


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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/04/09/sesame-street-launches-its-fir.html


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Shouldn’t HBO be funding this?


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For context, the muppet pictured is “Julia”, an autistic character introduced to Sesame Street last year:


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Such a modest goal. What would happen if they tried to do more?


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Here’s some speculation: perhaps HBO is funding another, larger, part of this anti-bullying campaign behind-the-scenes; by getting a portion of the funding through crowdsourcing, they can generate publicity, and foster a sense of engagement in their audience (e.g. maybe teachers can use the drive as a way to discuss bullying, autism, and activism); by making the goal attainable, they ensure folks contributing will get warm fuzzy feelings when the goal is inevitably met. But I could be completely wrong.


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Actually, bullying is one of the major problems experienced by autistic people. With that out of the way, most people on the spectrum could live a relatively normal life.


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My daughter shows some signs of being on the spectrum. She gets lost and freezes in large groups and unfamiliar social settings. School could be difficult for her.


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