Sesame Street introduces new muppet Julia who has autism

Julia a Muppet with autism made her first appearance alongside Elmo in digital storybook We're Amazing 1,2,3. Now

The groundbreaking children's programme is introducing a new character - a muppet named Julia who has autism, revealed the show's creators on the CBS News show 60 Minutes on Sunday.

Julia was first introduced into the Sesame Street universe via books and online games, associated with the show's "See Amazing in All Children" campaign.

The character of Big Bird talked to Stahl about his first interaction with Julia in which she ignored him.

"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 United States social impact.

Julia's first episode, "Meet Julia", airs Monday, April 10 on HBO; Sesame Street has also set up a playlist of related videos.

Sesame Street worked with 250 autism organizations and experts, including Autism Speaks, as well as its own regular child psychologists to develop Julia.

"We utilize Sesame Street, and Blue's Clues, and all different kinds of children's programming in our instruction, and I feel like if they have a character that they can associate with, they'll be excited about that", she said.

Julia makes her television debut next month which is also Autism Awareness Month.

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Sesame Street's creatives know that autism is hard to portray, as it exists on a spectrum, and they did not want to generalize the experience.

Sesame Street has welcomed a new Muppet to the block - she's four-years-old, she has red hair and she has autism. "So if it can kind of break down those myths and just promote that each child with autism is unique", Garchar said.

"It's tricky because autism is not one thing", said Christine Ferraro, a writer for the series.

"A lot more changes need to happen, and maybe they will", said Perry.

Meet Julia, the newest Muppet on "Sesame Street".

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

But what his critics fail to understand is that subscribers will continue to fund public broadcasting, and HBO started airing "Sesame Street" past year. She referred to one of her biggest hits in telling the group "I kissed a girl and I liked it".

" You're beginning to introduce this person as a real person even though they are different", said Perry.

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