Advocacy group campaigns to get earlier autism diagnoses

Writer: Derrick Shaw
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This image released by Sesame Workshop shows Julia, a new autistic muppet character debuting on the 47th Season of “Sesame Street,” on April 10, 2017, on both PBS and HBO. (Zach Hyman/Sesame Workshop via AP)

Autism Awareness Month kicks of Monday. The developmental disorder affects 1-in-59 children in the United States. A major advocacy group is launching an awareness campaign to try to help children get a diagnosis earlier.

Autism advocacy group Autism Speaks hopes to change the way children in the U.S. are diagnosed for autism because not all children in the country are diagnosed as early as they can be.

Julia, a Sesame Street Muppet with autism, will be featured in the campaign.

For more information, visit the organization’s’ campaign website.

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