'Sesame Street' to welcome muppet character with autism

A Muppet with autism is to join the cast of long-running children's TV series Sesame Street. Come April, kiddie viewers will be seeing more of Julia when she makes her transition to the live-action fold of the long-running children's show, as revealed in a segment screened Sunday on the USA version of 60 Minutes. She also has autism. "I would love her to be not 'Julia, the kid on Sesame Street who has autism, '" she said.

Julia is already a staple in Sesame Street digital and print books, and will appear in the 47th season of Sesame Street in April, the Associated Press reported. Julia, who "does things a little differently", according to the workshop, is part of the campaign focused on reducing the stigma of autism. Gordon, however, said the parallels between her son and Julia are not exactly the same.

"When you can have a character that shows what autism is, it will help everyone who watches Sesame Street have a really good appreciation of what a is, in a positive way", Badesch said.

"We heard a call to use our expertise and characters to build a bridge between the autism and neurotypical communities", Betancourt said. This is a significant step in improving public understanding of autism, and making people on the autism spectrum feel more accepted. "And [they] would have known that he plays in a different way, and that that's okay".

"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", Gordon told "60 Minutes".

She will be introduced in an episode due to air in the United States on April 10th. "They might not have been anxious when he cried". There is an expression that goes, "If you've met one person with autism, you've met one person with autism". "I would like her to be just Julia". For example, when the rest of the muppets introduce themselves, Julia doesn't respond.

"Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun", she replied.

  • Aubrey Nash