'Sesame Street' to normalise autism with new muppet

Julia started past year as a character in "Sesame Street's" books and digital platforms.

Check out our guide to Autism here. Now she's becoming a series regular, and Elmo and Abby will be introducing her to Big Bird in her debut episode on the show.

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

On 10 April, Julia-who is already included in digital and printed storybooks- will make her debut on the show that made the Elmo and The Cookie Monster household names.

Julia comes to life by a puppeteer who has a son with autism. "Had my son's friends been exposed to his behaviors through something that they had seen on TV before they experienced them in the classroom, they might not have been frightened. We hope that Julia, the Sesame Street character, will have a similar effect and inspire other writers and film-makers to reflect the diversity of the autism spectrum in their work".

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

But what his critics fail to understand is that subscribers will continue to fund public broadcasting, and HBO started airing "Sesame Street" a year ago.

According to Jeanette Betancourt, Sesame Workshop's senior vice president of United States social impact, "In the U.S., one in 68 children is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder".

Sesame Street is adding a new character named Julia, who has red hair and is autistic.

Right now, that is one in every 68 births which puts a child on the spectrum. She is invited to play a game with fellow muppets Oscar, Abby and Grover, where they must point out different shapes. "This is so special for me to be Julia, it's going to be huge for the autism community". Because with autism, there's such a range and there's so many different ways that autism affects people, and there's no way we could possibly show everything...

In addition to its traditional home on PBS, Julia will also be seen on HBO.

The character was also discussed on 60 Minutes. The show will explain why Julia behaves this way, helping children to understand each other better. "I would like her to be just Julia".

  • Salvatore Jensen