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Emily Perl Kingsley is a writer who joined the Sesame Street team in 1970, and has been writing for the show ever since.

Her son, Jason, was born with Down Syndrome in 1974. She wrote a widely read article on the subject, "Welcome to Holland," in 1987, and has been an activist for children with special needs for over 30 years.

Her son's story became the topic of an hour-long NBC special in 1977, titled This Is My Son, and Jason co-wrote the book Count Us In: Growing Up With Down Syndrome. By 1981, the duo was making over 100 appearances a year for various groups.[1] Though Kingsley had written scripts for disabled children in the past, her experiences with Jason increased her desire to mainstream the use of different kinds of people, including Jason himself in occasional segments, guest stars like Itzhak Perlman, and the integration of Tarah Schaeffer as a full cast member:

No one looked like my family. They were all so healthy, so perfect. I felt totally isolated, like I had just disappeared. It was something I wanted to change.[2]

Kingsley has written over 20 children's books, hundreds of Sesame songs, and two Sesame home video releases (Elmo Learns to Share and Elmo Says BOO!). She writes for other companies as well, and recently contributed to two Disney Interactive CD-ROMS.

She has won 12 Emmys and 9 nominations through her work with Sesame Street, three EDIs (Equality, Dignity, Independence Award) and a Grand EDI from Easter Seals, and an award from the National Theatre of the Deaf.

Kingsley recently began a more direct foray into puppetry when she performed her piece In A Contemplative Fashion at 2006's O'Neill Puppetry Conference, with puppeteers Amanda Maddock, Ryan Dillon, Lorraine Gilman, and Stefano Brancato.




Television & Videos


Song Credits


  • On some early records, she is credited as Emily Kaplin.


  1. Eleanor Berman, "'SESAME STREET' BOY HELPS THE DISABLED", New York Times, October 11, 1981.
  2. "Emily Perl Kingsley, Sesame Street writer." interview/prifle. 2000

External links

  • Journey of Hearts
  • "Welcome to Holland"
  • article
  • Creative Parents interview

This article uses material from the "Emily Perl Kingsley" article on the Muppet wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


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