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'Sesame Street' to feature first ever autistic muppet in 48 years

'Sesame Street' to feature first ever autistic muppet in 48 years

Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, and the rest of the Sesame Street gang are about to welcome a new friend to their neighborhood.

Her name is Julia, and it is hoped she will help the show's young viewers better understand children on the autism spectrum.

Julia is set to make her formal debut in the next season of Sesame Street, specifically in the episode titled Meet Julia, which will air on April 10, 2017 on PBS and HBO.

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

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On Sesame Street's website, she can be seen in short videos alongside some of the show's most iconic characters such as Elmo and Abby.

"We wanted to make sure Julia had characteristics that were consistent with those on the autism spectrum in such a way that kids could identify with Julia", she adds.

In an interview with "60 Minutes" on CBS, writer Christine Ferraro said "It's tricky, because autism is not one thing...it is different for every single person who has autism".

Scott Badesch, president and CEO of the Autism Society of America, was involved in the committee of people in the autism community who helped Sesame Workshop think through the concept. "It's just that Julia has autism". They would have known that he plays in a different way and that's okay.

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"A lot more changes need to happen, and maybe they will", said Perry. When Big Bird worries that Julia doesn't like him, the other Muppets explain, "She does things just a little differently".

Sesame Street is debuting their newest friend - a red-headed, shy muppet named Julia. "You have Julia on your team, and she is really good at finding shapes!"

Sesame Street has announced the latest and exciting addition to their cast! "So, it was a very easy way to show that with a very slight accommodation they can meet her where she is". Big Bird arrives and says hello to Julia, who carries on with her work rather than saying hello back.

Julia's puppeteer, Stacey Gordon, has an autistic son, and explained how important it is for kids with the disorder to see themselves reflected in popular culture-and for their peers to see it.

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