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Thomas and Friends introduces first autistic character, voiced by an autistic child

Liz Blamire

14th September 2022

The National Autistic Society worked with Mattel, Inc. to create the first autistic character in Thomas and Friends, which importantly, is voiced by 9 year old Elliot who is autistic.

There are 160,000 autistic children of school age in the UK, so it is vital that autism is recognised and reflected in the TV that children watch. Read more on the National Autistic Society website - Mattel introduces first autistic character in Thomas & Friends - and via the Twitter links below.

Liz Blamire

Liz is a former NHS midwife, who has worked in community, birth centre and acute hospital settings. Liz is an SSAT Accredited Lead Practitioner, who has taught Health and Social Care in FE and secondary schools, where she was a successful HOD. Liz is an experienced senior examiner and author and is the current tutor2u subject lead for Health and Social Care.

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