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Meet Sesame Street's Global Cast of Characters

Over the course of the 40 years that the program has been on the air, Sesame Street has spawned versions in countries around the world

Griotte- France 5 Rue Sésame

Griotte Sesame Street
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One of the goals of the French co-production, Rue Sésame, is to integrate storylines that include children with disabilities. Griotte, a 7-year-old girl who uses a wheelchair, and sign language segments featuring hearing-impaired children teaching simple sign language phrases work toward this end. Griotte’s wheelchair is an actual racing-style chair designed for a small child. Griotte is popular with the other children on the show and often offers them rides in her chair.

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