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Sesame Avenue: New Muppet Ameera makes use of wheelchair, crutches

Sesame Avenue: New Muppet Ameera makes use of wheelchair, crutches

In response to Sesame Workshop, Ameera will assist carry visibility to displaced individuals, youngsters who’ve a incapacity and the necessary function of ladies in STEM.

WASHINGTON — Sesame Workshop is introducing a brand new Muppet to shine a lightweight on youngsters with disabilities and people who are displaced from their properties attributable to battle and disaster around the globe.

Ameera is an eight-year-old Muppet who makes use of her wheelchair or forearm crutches to maneuver round due to a spinal twine harm.

Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit group behind “Sesame Avenue” and the native diversifications proven all around the globe, describe Ameera as humorous, outgoing and a pure chief, with a ardour for science and basketball. 

Ameera can be formally launched throughout the brand new season of “Ahlan Simsim,” which suggests “Welcome Sesame” in Arabic. The present is the native model of “Sesame Avenue” that is proven within the Center East and North Africa.

She may also seem in different Sesame Workshop academic movies together with animated “Watch, Play, Study” movies that concentrate on a wide range of subjects like social-emotional studying, science, well being and security. 

“Thoughtfully designed to problem stereotypes and replicate youngsters’s lived experiences, Ameera brings visibility to the greater than 12 million displaced individuals and 240 million youngsters worldwide estimated to have a incapacity in addition to to the necessary function of ladies in STEM,” Sherrie Westin, president of Sesame Workshop, mentioned in a press launch.

In recent times, “Sesame Avenue” and Sesame Workshop launched quite a few new characters to assist broaden the present’s range and to handle key subjects. In 2017, Julia was launched as the primary Muppet with autism. The present welcomed Karli, a brand new character in foster care, in 2019. Final yr, “Sesame Avenue” featured a homosexual couple for the primary time, debuted a Asian American Muppet and launched two new Black Muppets to sort out subjects round race and racism. 

The Related Press contributed to this report. 

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