AJ Gadgets (Hero Elementary)

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AJ Gadgets
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Portrayed by Jadiel Dowlin[1]
Appears in Hero Elementary
Debut season 1, episode 1: "Hatching a Plan/The Invisible Force"
Year 2020

Arnold Jasper "AJ" Gadgets is a character in the American children's series Hero Elementary.

Character creation

AJ was initially not created as an autistic character, rather he was a kid who knew everything about superheroes. Executive producer Christine Ferraro noticed that AJ started to really resemble her autistic brother.show.[2]

Ferraro, along with co-creator Carol-Lynn Parente, both worked on the autism initiative from Sesame Street and the autistic muppet Julia.

Among consultants for the show were Dennis Taylor, an autistic man from New Jersey,[3] and Frank Campagna, father of an autistic son and producer for Sesame Street.[4]

Autism

AJ is stated to be autistic in the double episode "AJ's Extra Superpower", aired on April 2, 2021 (autism acceptance day). It is also mentioned on multiple entries on the website.[5][6]

Episode list

AJ appears in all episodes of seasons 1–3.

See also

Other autistic PBS characters

References

External links