Julia, a muppet with autism, joins the cast of 'Sesame Street'

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The Muppet, named Julia, isn't new to the block. Julia first featured on the Sesame Street website as a character in an online storybook, now she has appeared on the show's Twitter page. Watch a clip of Julia above!

60 Minutes broke the news Sunday in a special introduction of the four-year-old Julia, who was first introduced in 2015 as part of an online-only Digital Storybook called "Sesame Street and Autism: See the awesome in all children".

Leslie Kimmelman, a children's author, explained she was inspired by her own son when she created Julia's character in her book, "We're incredible 1, 2, 3".

Julia, a Muppet that has autism, is making her TV debut on "Sesame Street" next month.

"She does things just a little differently, in a Julia sort of way", Abby tells him. With Julia's introduction we wanted to promote a better understanding and reduce the stigma often found around these children.

When Big Bird is introduced to her, she ignores him.

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And instead of trying to make Julia conform to the other three, Abby Cadabby, Elmo and Big Bird join in on the fun Julia's having.

Autism awareness and advocacy groups are cheering Julia's addition.

"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.

"Through Julia, we aim to show that all kids are unbelievable, and that all kids can be friends".

Puppeteer Stacey Gordon, whose son is on the autism spectrum, plays "Sesame Street"'s newest cast member. They'll grow up knowing that it's there and it won't worry them and they can treat everyone equally. "They would have known that he plays in a different way, and that that's okay". I can personally attest to having experience with autism in my extended family and I can nearly guarantee that everyone reading this has had the same in one way, shape, or form in theirs. But rather than reject her Julia, change their game in order to make her fell included. But Sherrie Westin, an executive vice president at Sesame Workshop who oversaw the initiative, said she saw that Julia resonated with audiences.

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