Sesame Street Introduces 1st Muppet With Autism [VIDEO]

I love it! How could you not? Sesame Street will soon introduce their 1st muppet with autism, E! Online reports. Her name is Julia, and she’s super cute!

“I think the big discussion right at the start was, ‘How do we do this? How do we talk about autism?'” Christine Ferraro, a writer on the show for 25 years, said. “It’s tricky because autism is not one thing, because it is different for every single person who has autism. There is an expression that goes, ‘If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.'”

Stacey Gordon, whose son is on the autism spectrum, is the puppeteer.

“It means that our kids are important enough to be seen in society. Having Julia on the show and seeing all of the characters treat her with compassion—and like her—it’s huge,” she said. “It’s important for kids without autism to see what autism can look like. 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. They might not have been worried when he cried. They would have known that he plays in a different way and that that’s OK.”

Julia will appear in 2 episodes in the new season on HBO and PBS. Creators say her character will make more appearances in the future.

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