Sesame Workshop’s new Muppet character Ameera uses a wheelchair and crutches

A new character is coming to the Sesame Street family.

Sesame Workshop next week will unveil a new Muppet character who uses a wheelchair “as part of their work to support children and families affected by crisis and displacement.”

Ameera will premiere on Ahlan Simsim (“Welcome Sesame” in Arabic), the version of “Sesame Street” broadcast in the Middle East and North Africa.

Sesame Workshop said Ameera was “a witty and curious 8-year-old girl with a passion for science and basketball”.

She “uses her bright purple wheelchair or forearm crutches to get around due to a spinal cord injury. She is everyone’s favorite comedian and her great sense of humor serves her well as a natural leader who encourages others with her bright personality.

Sometimes Ameera gets too wrapped up in her own ideas and forgets to notice others, but she always remembers that playing and learning is more fun when she includes her friends’ ideas as well.

“Carefully designed to challenge stereotypes and reflect the lived experiences of children, Ameera brings visibility to the more than 12 million displaced people and the 240 million children worldwide estimated to have a disability, as well as to the role important girls in STEM,” said Sherrie Westin, president of Sesame Workshop.

“At a time when more children than ever before are affected by conflict and displacement, Ameera also highlights the urgent need for creative and flexible approaches to providing playful learning and early education to crisis-affected communities.

Ameera will debut in Season 5 of “Ahlan Simsim”.

She will also join other Sesame friends in new “Watch, Play, Learn” animated videos designed for children ages 3-8 on topics such as social-emotional learning; math; Science; protection, health and safety of children. Videos are part of Sesame Workshop play to learn program.

Here is an overview:

“Ameera continues Sesame Workshop’s long history of creating diverse characters that kids around the world can relate to, and we’re thrilled to welcome this rambunctious 8-year-old to our cast of beloved Sesame Muppets,” said Scott Cameron, international production manager at Sesame Workshop.

“Ameera had been in development for over two years and was designed with guidance from inclusion advisors who helped ensure her identity, moves and gear were representative. An instant favorite with our writers for humor and spirit, we know Ameera will inspire young viewers to be curious and confident.