'Sesame Street' to welcome autistic muppet Julia
- Author: Myrtle Hill Apr 01, 2017,
Apr 01, 2017, 1:34
Julia, a little girl, has orange hair, a toy rabbit - and autism. Julia is really nice and loves to sing, but she may not react the way other kids expect.
The new character will make her debut on the show in April, reported Huffington Post.
"Disability is a natural part of life, and they're more accepting if they grow up with peers who have disabilities in school, and I think Sesame Street can help the younger kids accept that", said Deborah Linton, CEO of the Arc.
Julia isn't the first character on TV to highlight people on the spectrum.
"The big discussion right at the start was, 'How do we do this?"
"Sesame Street" has introduced its first new Muppet in 10 years.
"We had to explain to Big Bird that Julia likes Big Bird", Elmo said.
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The character was developed as part of the show's autism initiative, "See Amazing in All Children", which aims to raise awareness about autism and provide material that is relevant to families with autistic children.
Buzzfeed reports that The newest muppet friend on Sesame Street is Julia, a 4-year-old who likes to sing and also has autism.
Scenes with Julia are meant to remove whatever discomfort people may feel upon meeting a child with autism.
"It's tricky because autism is not one thing, because it is different for every single person who has autism", "Sesame" writer Christine Ferraro told Stahl. "There is an expression that goes, 'If you've met one person with autism, you've met one person with autism'". She hopes having a character like Julia on Sesame Street will be meaningful for future generations. "They might not have been anxious when he cried".
"Our kids are important enough to be seen in society", Stacey Gordon told "60 Minutes".
The Julia character has been featured in "Sesame Street"-branded digital content since previous year".
But maybe Julia said it best when Stahl asked if she was enjoying her new friends.