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Sesame Street debuts first autistic character

20 March 2017, 11:13 | Max Haynes

Sesame Street debuts first autistic character

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A few years ago, the show introduced a new muppet for the first time in more than a decade.

Julia made her first appearance in October 2015 in an online Digital Storybook story called Sesame Street and Autism: See the awesome in all children.

Beloved children's TV show Sesame Street has always led the way in teaching children to be good, kind human beings. Julia first appeared in a Digital Storybook called Sesame Street and Autism: See the awesome in all children at the end of 2015. Sesame Street, which has been on air since 1969, has introduced a new Muppet with autism that will help children learn about acceptance.

To get the character right, in addition to the regular child psychologists Sesame Street works with, the show also worked with autism organizations.

On Sesame Street's website, she can be seen in short videos alongside some of the show's most iconic characters such as Elmo and Abby. At first, Julia will be reluctant to shake the big yellow bird's hand. "She's acting this way because she's on the autism spectrum". But the other muppets tell him that "She does things just a little differently".

"Julia is an fantastic little character", said Jeanette Betancourt, senior vice preside of Sesame Workshop, according to APTN.

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Furthermore the publication quoted a Sesame Street workshop where it was claimed the initiative is part of the company's wide ranging set of tools for autism-awareness.

Julia will make her official television debut in a few weeks.

Julia will be voiced by Stacey Gordon, a mother from Phoenix who has a son with autism.

This image released by Sesame Workshop shows Julia, a new autistic muppet character debuting on the 47th Season of "Sesame Street", on April 10, 2017, on both PBS and HBO. "There is an expression that goes, "If you've met one person with autism, you've met one person with autism". Gordon, whose son has autism, said of the decision to bring Julia to the small screen: "It means that our kids are important enough to be seen in society".

She said: "I said, 'If there's a puppet, I want to be her".



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