Sesame Street writer to speak on her efforts to write roles for disabled children on television

Emily Perl Kingsley

Diversity on Sesame Street: Changing Children's Television

Join Sesame Street's Emily Perl Kingsley, a renowned and pioneering disability activist and television writer, as she speaks about her longstanding work getting kids with disabilities onto American television. Her work began when she wrote her Downs Syndrome son Jason Kingsley into Sesame Street episodes in the 1970s and has continued ever since to widespread critical acclaim.

Emily Perl Kingsley, a writer for Sesame Street since 1970, changed disability and television history when she wrote her son, born with Down Syndrome, into the scripts of the show. Kingsley has written over 20 children's books and has won numerous awards for her work, including 18 Emmys and 24 Emmy nominations, an award from the National Theatre of the Deaf and a special award from the U.S. Government Department of Health and Human Services in recognition of her groundbreaking work in including individuals with disabilities on Sesame Street for 38 years.

Ms. Kingsley's presentation will be held on Monday, April 2, at 6 pm, in Veterans Hall at the university's Ellison Campus Center

The lecture is free and open to the public, but seating is limited, and advanced registration is required. Please register with Pat Cook-Mitchell at or by calling 978-542-6450.

This lecture is organized by Lambda Pi Eta, the honor society for communications majors at Salem State University.

The Florence Luscomb Women's Center is sponsoring this event, with additional support from the university’s Center for Education and Community, communications department, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Salem State University Preschool, and the School of Education.