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Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
Culture | By Elsie Buchanan

Sesame Street introduces new muppet Julia who has autism

Sesame Street introduces new muppet Julia who has autism

Children's TV favourite Sesame Street has added a new character to its ensemble, an orange-haired muppet named Julia, who has autism.

"The story begins with Julia's friends, Muppets Elmo and Abby Cadabby, introducing her to Big Bird", Stahl says in her report, which then show Big Bird meeting Julia and being confused when she doesn't respond. "The response from the autism community to "See Amazing in All Children" has been extraordinary, and we are committed to continuing our efforts to promote understanding and acceptance of autism, as part of our mission of helping all children grow smarter, stronger, and kinder". We're modeling the way both children and adults can look at autism from a strength-based perspective: "finding things that all children share", she said.

The show's producers told CBS News they struggled over how to talk about autism to a young audience, because it's different for every person.

'There is an expression that goes, "If you've met one person with Autism, you've met one person with Autism,"' Ferraro told Stahl. The relationship between Julia and the other members of the show will focus on communication and understanding.

Julia will debut on the U.S. channels HBO and PBS, was well as on Cartoonito UK, Australia's ABC network, and Mexico's Televisa. She said having this representation on TV will show other kids with autism they aren't alone. Her son has a form of autism.

"I thought that maybe she didn't like me", Big Bird said. When the two are introduced by pals Abby and Elmo, Julia is hesitant to shake Big Bird's hand. But according to a recent "60 Minutes" segment, "Sesame Street"'s writers faced a unique challenge when creating Julia.

Takalani Sesame, the South African version of Sesame Street, features Kami, a HIV-positive Muppet.

Check out a clip from her interview below, along with a short teaser of Julia.

The show worked with various autism groups in developing Julia, and her puppeteer, Stacey Gordon, understands the condition firsthand - her son has it.

Meet Julia, the newest Muppet on "Sesame Street". In her first episode, Julia will be seen bonding with a few children.

Sesame Street initially introduced the character online as the face of the campaign, the company had put together. "They would have known that he plays in a different way and that's OK".

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