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EVENT DESCRIPTION  
 
Event Type:  Annual Event
 
Title:  NIH Special Event for Autism Awareness Month – The Story Behind Julia, Sesame Street’s Muppet with Autism
 
Description:  The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Office of Autism Research Coordination (OARC) is pleased to invite you to attend our annual special event to recognize National Autism Awareness Month. We will be hosting a Panel Presentation featuring speakers from Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, and a meet-and-greet with a costumed Julia character, the Sesame Street Muppet who has autism. Sesame Workshop speakers Jeanette Betancourt Ed.D., Mindy Fila, and Autumn Zitani, M.A., will share the story behind the creation of Julia, the first autistic Muppet, and discuss Sesame’s work to increase public understanding of autism and serve autistic children and their families.

The panel presentation is appropriate for ages 10+. Before and after the panel presentation, Walkaround Julia will be available for a meet-and-greet with guests. The meet-and-greet portion of the event is appropriate for all ages.

Sesame Workshop is present in more than 150 countries, with a mission to help kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. Launched in 2015, the Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children initiative has been developed and expanded in consultation with over 250 organizations and experts within the autism community. The initiative offers families ways to manage common challenges, simplify everyday activities, and connect with family, friends, and community.
 
Event URL:  https://iacc.hhs.gov/meetings/autism-events/2018/april9/sesame-street.shtml
 
Videocast:  Event will be videocast LIVE on the Web
 
Videocast URL:  http://videocast.nih.gov
  Event will be available in the videocast ARCHIVE
 
Special Instructions:  To arrange sign language interpretation for an event go to the Office
of Research Services (ORS) Interpreting Service Requests web page.
 

EVENT DATE/TIME  
 
Date/Time: 
Monday, April 09, 2018   1:00pm - 3:15pm Add To Outlook Calendar     Add To iCal Calendar     Add To Entourage Calendar
 
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EVENT SPEAKER(S)  
 
Name:   Jeanette Betancourt, Ed.D.
Title:   Senior Vice President, U.S. Social Impact
Organization:   Sesame Workshop
 
Name:   Mindy Fila
Title:   Coordinating Producer, Sesame Street Production
Organization:   Sesame Workshop
 
Name:   Autumn Zitani, M.A.
Title:   Senior Director of Content, Curriculum & Content
Organization:   Sesame Workshop
 

EVENT SPONSOR(S)  
 
Organization(s):  [NIH] National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) - Office of Autism Research Coordination
 

EVENT LOCATION  
 
Location:  On the main NIH Campus
Building:  Building 10 (Clinical Center)
Room:  Masur Auditorium
 
Street Address:  10 Center Drive
City:  Bethesda
State:  Maryland
Zip Code:  20892
Other Information:  There will be a Meet-and-Greet with Walkaround Julia at FAES Terrace from 1:00 - 1:30 PM and 2:45 - 3:15 PM
The Sesame Workshop Panel will be from 1:30 - 2:45 PM

Panel presentation is geared towards ages 10+
Meet and Greet with Walkaround Julia appropriate for all ages
 

EVENT CONTACT(S)  
 
Name:   Rebecca Martin
E-mail:   rebecca.martin@nih.gov
 
 
 
 
 
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