Sesame Workshop announced plans today for their latest educational resource video production. The special video production, part of the "Talk, Listen, Connect" program, is designed to help military families in dealing with the serious issues that affect the children of injured military veterans.
More than a million children have parents who are in the military and have been deployed in the last six years; and last year Sesame Workshop produced a special video designed to help military families coping with the strains of deployment. Today more than 18,000 military personnel in Iraq or Afghanistan have been wounded or injured seriously enough to be evacuated; and Sesame Workshop is aiming to give support to families that have to deal with these realities of military service.
In the new production, Muppet monster Rosita struggles to cope when her father, Ricardo, comes home in a wheelchair. The video will feature Rosita and her parents; along with Elmo and his "military dad", Louie Monster.
Sesame Workshop will distribute the video later this year to military families, and will also make the video resource available, for free, via the web.
For more information on this project, and for a behind the scene sneek-peek of the filming, check out this Associated Press video report (courtesy of Yahoo! News). I'll keep you updated as more information on this, and other Sesame Street projects, surface.