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Why Julia, Sesame Street’s New Autistic Muppet, Is Valuable

Julia, Sesame Street's autistic Muppet

Julia, Sesame Street’s autistic Muppet

Sesame Street has just introduced a new autistic Muppet character named Julia.

There are a number of reasons why this new character is valuable. For one, it will better enlighten non-autistics on how to share the world with autistic persons. Likely more important, though, it will give autistic persons a valuable reference tool to help them navigate the world.

Using television characters as guides to navigating the real world can be an uneven pursuit.

Sarah explained why in her debut post for Vox’s “First Person” section.

To read the full story go here.

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The Problem With Judging Others’ Food Choices

There’s so much more to eating food than just “does it taste good?”

Every bite of food you eat reflects all sorts of cultural and class struggles, and social and health issues.

It’s also an area where judgmental sorts would be better off sitting down and keeping quiet.

Sarah explained why in a recent piece for The Establishment.

To read it go here.

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Samaritan News 10 Pack: Rihanna, Disobedience Awards, More

Rihanna gets humanitarian award

Rihanna gets humanitarian award

In the latest batch of news stories I wrote for charitable entertainment site Samaritanmag Rihanna gets a humanitarian award, a thousand days of protest songs are declared and disobedience is rewarded.

Check them out:

Are You Disobedient for the Good of Society? Nominations Open for $250K USD Award

Honey Nut Cheerios Free Seed Campaign Launched to Protect Bees

Staples Gives Almost $200k to Five Canadian Charities

March Is Music Therapy Awareness Month

Rihanna Gets Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year Award

Adele, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga Items Part Of Grammy Foundation Auction

1000 Days Of Protest Songs Set to Mark Next Four Years

Guess Who’s Protest Song Enters Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame

What Is The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)?

Former Great Big Sea’s Séan McCann To Perform At National Music Centre for Bell Let’s Talk Day

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Train Like A Power Ranger

Power Rangers

Power Rangers

The actors who played the power rangers in the recently released tv-to-film adaptation Power Rangers come by their physically demanding ninja skills quite genuinely.

Sarah tracked the various rangers’ workouts for an Asian World Of Martial Arts piece.

To read it go here.

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Attacking Mothers With Autistic Children Is Wrong

Apparently one of the great joys in life for cruel people is to harshly judge mothers of various stripes.

This is particularly the case for mothers of children with autism.

Sarah wrote about why this is tremendously uncool in a piece for The Establishment.

To read it go here.

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Samaritan News 10 Pack: Madonna, Prince Harry, U2, More

Madonna marches on Washington.

Madonna marches on Washington.

Here are some of the news stories I wrote for charitably-minded entertainment site Samaritanmag in January:

Read Madonna’s Women’s March on Washington Speech

Arcade Fire and Mavis Staples Release Charity Song To Support American Civil Liberties Union

Watch Video: Prince Harry Visits Botswana, Signs on to Help Protect Rhinos

Buffy Sainte-Marie to Receive Allan Waters Humanitarian Award At Juno Awards

U2 Private Concert, Tea With Bono and Julia Roberts Raffled Off to Support AIDS Charity

9 Civil Rights Museums To Visit For Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Hockey Team to Honour The Tragically Hip, Auction Custom Jerseys for Gord Downie Fund

What Is The Committee to Protect Journalists Meryl Streep Mentioned At Golden Globes?

KIND Foundation Gives $1.1 Million USD To Seven People Doing Good

Little Big Town to Help Launch Music in Our Schools Tour

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On Cold Weather Hives And Being A Winter Shut-In

It's gonna be cold outside this winter.

It’s gonna be cold outside this winter.

The weather outside today in Toronto is -9 C, -16 C with the wind chill.

Sarah will not be going outside in this weather.

This, because she suffers from a condition called cold urticaria, where cold weather can make her break out in tremendously uncomfortable hives.

She wrote about what it’s like to be housebound in winter for Refinery 29.

To read the story click here.

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