Meet Julia, the newish character on “Sesame Street.” Introduced in 2017, Julia became the first Muppet with autism to appear on the hit kids show.
According to Good Morning America, “Clips from her debut show depict Julia in normal situations, where she might not answer a new friend right away, but someone who knows Julia explains the situation to the other characters.”
Now, though, and in honor of Autism Awareness Month, the show runners have inserted Julia’s family into the mix, as well.
“We’re thrilled to expand Julia’s world with her parents, big brother, and her adorable dog, Rose, in our new resources,” Sherrie Westin, president of global impact and philanthropy at Sesame Workshop, said in a statement. “Children with autism often face unique challenges, as do their parents and siblings. But every family faces challenges of some sort, which is why we are focusing on what all families have in common. In a family, everyone has different roles, challenges, and strengths, and everyone can learn from one another.”
“Sesame Street” has also compiled a list of resources for those who are touched by autism, which you can view here.
Currently, one in 68 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with autism.