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PBS Kids Show ‘Dinosaur Train’ Puts Spotlight on Autism Acceptance

The hit PBS Kids show “Dinosaur Train,” produced by The Jim Henson Company, is airing back-to-back episodes on April 6 and 7 to promote autism awareness, according to the network.

PBS teamed up with The Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help families learn more about autism and to familiarize them with the CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” initiative.

The episodes, titled “Junior Conductor’s Academy: Part One” and “Junior Conductor’s Academy: Part Two,” will introduce a new dinosaur, Dennis Deinocheirus. Dennis is very knowledgable about dinosaurs, but he has trouble making friends. Despite his difficulties socializing, Dennis finds common ground with Buddy and the other characters on the program.

“Like all dinosaurs, their new friend Dennis has his own dinosaur features,” according to a post on the show’s website. “And, like all of us, he has strengths in some areas and challenges in others.”

PBS stations across the country will also be hosting screenings and events for the episodes.

The episodes air on Wednesday, April 6 and Thursday, April 7, at 11:30 a.m in each timezone. Share your thoughts about the show on social media by using the #MeetDennis hashtag.

Dinosaur Train and Arthur celebrate #NationalAutismAwarenessMonth with all new episodes April 5 & 6 on PBSKids! Check your local listings for more: http://to.pbs.org/23bfHnx

Posted by Dinosaur Train on Monday, April 4, 2016

h/t GPB

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