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Crowdsourcing Mornings: Help Prevent Bullying With Sesame Street’s Autism Initiative


This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

An estimated one in 68 children in the United States is on the autism spectrum. While the diagnosis is common, public understanding of autism is not. Research shows that children with autism are five times more likely to be bullied than their neurotypical peers.  In storybooks, articles, videos, and Sesame Street episodes, we’ve worked to support families of autistic children and reduce the isolating stigmas and misconceptions that still surround autism. But now, they’re at a critical turning point. The Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children initiative has made great strides with support from our existing partners, but to tackle the next big topic – how to prevent bullying by fostering empathy and compassion – they need you.

They have mapped out a multi-step plan to address bullying as it affects the autism community – starting with an enhanced digital storybook. Drawing on an extensive body of research, they’ll create a kid-appropriate story about understanding differences using everyday activities and play. Like their other Julia storybooks, it will offer parents and caregivers a safe and accessible starting point for deeper conversations with their children.  Contributions to the campaign will fund:

  • Rigorous work with expert advisers across some of the 250 autism organizations that helped them build the See Amazing initiative, ensuring that they’re telling the right story in the right way
  • Writing, editing, and illustrating an uplifting story that models inclusive play, starring the beloved Sesame Street Muppets
  • Supplementary materials for kids and adults, including articles for parents and caregivers that will address bullying in a direct and empowering way
  • Recording sessions with the Sesame Street cast to provide audio for the digital storybook
  • Translation work and additional recording sessions to version the storybook, articles, and other materials in Spanish (and potentially other languages) adjusting for cultural and linguistic nuances

As of April 10th, this project has raised $8,000 of their $75,000 goal. This project has 31 days left to raise the $75,000 or it will not be funded. For a pledge of $10, you will get a PDF copy of the storybook.  For a pledge of $50, you will get a physical copy of the storybook.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sesamestreet/help-prevent-bullying-with-sesame-streets-autism-i

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