Meet Julia: Sesame Street Welcomes Show's First Autistic Character

Meet Julia: Sesame Street Welcomes Show's First Autistic Character

The world met Julia, the first permanent Muppet to appear on the show since Segi, past year as part of Sesame Street's autism awareness initiative, "See Amazing In All Children".

According to Jeanette Betancourt, Sesame Workshop's senior vice president of United States social impact, "In the USA, one in 68 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder". The show will explain why Julia behaves this way, helping children to understand each other better.

"We're modelling the way both children and adults can look at autism from a strength-based perspective", a Sesame Street executive told Newser.

Sesame Street's home is now HBO, but it still airs on PBS as well. Well, in her first episode Big Bird will try to introduce himself to Julia, but the new character won't respond to him.

60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl spoke to Elmo and Big Bird about how the Muppets are able to make accommodations for Julia.

There's no news yet on how often Julia will appear on the show, but even if she is only on Sesame Street for a short time, her presence is sure to make a difference.

The writers and team members were sensitive to the complexities of autism, consulting several different autism organizations and families who have autistic children, prior to creating Julia's character.

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Erika believes a big misconception is that children living with autism do no not want to have friends.

The show posted images on Twitter of its new character, Julia - an orange haired, rabbit-loving, autistic four year old, set to grace screens next month. "She's acting this way because she's on the autism spectrum". She said she "prayed the gay away" at Christian camps but later met people outside of her "bubble".

"Sesame Street" has welcomed its first character with autism. They would have known that he plays in a different way and that's okay.

Betancourt, in a press release, said families affected by autism have appealed to "Sesame Street" for years to address the condition.

"I just wish Julia was around when my son was younger", Gordon, who requested her son's name and photo be kept out of the story, tells PEOPLE.

"She's one of the kids, she's one of the gang", said Rose Jochum, director of internal initiatives at the Autism Society of America, which helped Sesame Street develop the new muppet, on NPR.

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