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23 Nov 2018, 11:58 am

Sesame Street's Julia Attended The Macy's Parade Prepared for Sensory Overload

Sesame Street’s” float for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade caught the attention of people on the autism spectrum and their families. Julia, Sesame’s Street first autistic character, participated in the float, and she wore noise-canceling headphones.

Noise-canceling or noise-muffling headphones help people on the autism spectrum handle sensory overload. As “Sesame Street” explained, “With the help of her friend Rosita and the comfort of her noise-canceling headphones, Julia is ready for a fun and festive day in NYC!”

Representation matters. People in the autism community shared how happy they were to see Julia’s character wearing noise-canceling headphones and what that representation meant to them.

“My autistic daughter saw Julia on the Sesame Street float and said, ‘There’s Julia wearing her headphones because she’s autistic,'” one Twitter user shared. “Seeing others like her represented in society is so important for my girl, it makes her feel included and loved.”

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26 Nov 2018, 9:18 pm

That's actually pretty nice.

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26 Nov 2018, 9:57 pm

The headphones are the best part.

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