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Matt creates Disney Junior's first character on the autism spectrum!

Emmy pic

Having grown up with a developmentally disabled sister (who rarely saw herself on screen and who had trouble making friends), I believe passionately in the power and importance of disability representation, especially in children's television.

That's why I created Disney's first princess with a disability on SOFIA THE FIRST.

It's called "Nancy's New Friend" and is the second of two 11-minute episodes in the 22-minute show (the first is "Bon Voyage, Nancy!") You can catch it on the Disney Channel at 8am ET/PT - and on demand on DisneyNOW.

Sean is voiced by a fantastic young actor who is on the spectrum himself - George Yionoulis. Watch the video he made for his 4th grade class that caught our attention - and got him the part!

Our goal with this episode is to empower kids (and adults) with autism by seeing themselves in the shows they watch - and also to show neuro-typical kids (and adults) that with if you take the time to get to know your neuro-diverse neighbor or classmate and make a few adjustments, you'll gain a wonderful new friend! So please, watch it - and spread the word!

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