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Sesame Street Welcomes New Friend to Raise Autism Awareness

21 March 2017, 11:43 | Bernard Bryant

Julia the first Muppet with autism will debut on"Sesame Street in April

Julia the first Muppet with autism will debut on

Julia, who was introduced previous year as a digital character in Sesame Workshop's Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children global initiative for communities and families with children ages 2 to 5, is now making her debut as a physical muppet on HBO and PBS on April 10.

When Julia first appears on the show she'll be introduced by Elmo and Abby Cadabby to Big Bird.

"In the USA, one in 68 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder", Jeanette Betancourt, vice president of US social impact at Sesame Workshop, told the Associated Press. Sesame Street's website has since provided additional details about the character, as well as a number of introductory videos before her official April 10 arrival on the series.

In Julia's episode, young viewers will be introduced to her common characteristics with autism.

An example is in the first episode featuring Julia.

Julia, who took three years to conceptualize, is a four-year-old, red haired character with autism. She said that without people in her life from the gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community, she'd be "half of the person I am today". "You have Julia on your team, and she is really good at finding shapes!"

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The show will see Julia interact with favorite characters like Big Bird and Elmo but sometimes get overexcited, or flap her hands.

Julia's addition to the show has been meet with mostly positive results, with fans taking to Sesame Street's YouTube channel to give the show the thumbs up.

"A programme like "Sesame Street" that introduces these issues early to a whole generation could help significantly increase understanding, tolerance and empathy".

Teachers across the country are applauding the move by the popular children's show Sesame Street, which debuted a character with autism. Nice to meet you", Big Bird says. "Oh.

Julia's puppeteer, Stacey Gordon, is also the mother of an autistic son. "And [they] would have known that he plays in a different way, and that that's okay". Some of the other characters are initially confused by Julia's behavior, but they soon come to understand and embrace her differences.

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