Meet the Cast
The Count Me® puppets each have a specific personality and physical characteristics—the multicultural cast represents children of all backgrounds and abilities. Using an engaging, child-friendly approach, trained volunteers present a message-filled show that is creative and fun, while dealing with sensitive subjects in a realistic way. Through the puppet show and discussion, the puppets educate, entertain, and inspire.
Carmen has ADHD. She likes to try new things, go to new places, and, most importantly, help her many friends. Carmen’s friends did not know she had a disability because she uses several tools to help her pay attention in school.
Gina is blind and uses a white cane to go almost anywhere. Gina can ride a tandem bike and read Braille, and she enjoys having sleepovers with her friends.
Mitch has a learning disability. Mitch needs to be taught some subjects in a different way than the other kids in his class. Mitch’s favorite sport is baseball. He is the pitcher and captain of his team.
Jay is deaf/hard of hearing. Jay wears a hearing aid that helps him hear some sounds. His favorite thing to do is play games. Jay has learned to talk and uses sign language and speech reading. He taught his classmates how to sign “Happy Birthday.”
Sally has a physical disability. Sally has either spina bifida or cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. She likes to sing and play games and even tried horseback riding once, but her favorite thing to do is swim.
Max has autism spectrum disorder. Max is a computer whiz and one of the best readers in the class. He enjoys participating in the school spelling bee and is fearless when sledding downhill. Sometimes Max behaves differently, but his classmates learn to appreciate his special skills.