Julia, a Muppet With Autism, Joins the Cast of ‘Sesame Street’

This is really huge news.

Sesame Street will welcome its first new on-air Muppet in a decade, and it will be the long-running children show’s first character with autism.

Julia, originally introduced in an online storybook Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in all Children in 2015, will make her television debut on April 10. One in 68 American children has autism, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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The character has been added to the show’s cast to raise awareness and promote understanding.

Julia, a four-year-old, red haired, bright-eyed muppet is “smiley, curious and loves to play” and will feature on the show next month, according to its website.

“We wanted to promote a better understanding and reduce the stigma often found around these children,” said Jeanette Betancourt, Sesame Workshop’s senior vice president of US social impact.

She added: “In the US, one in 68 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Just as we look at all children as being unique, we should do the same thing when we’re looking at children with autism.”

In her first screen appearance, Julia is at first misunderstood by Big Bird, who thinks Julia ignores him on purpose.

“Maybe she doesn’t like me,” Big Bird says.

But it is later explained to them that “she just does things a little differently – in a Julia sort of way”.

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