‘Sesame Street’ Introduces A New Muppet Character With Autism
For over a year now, Sesame Street has been working with organizations such as Autism Speaks and Autism Self Advocacy to help reduce the stigma associated with autism spectrum disorder. As part of the campaign “See Amazing in All Children,” the adorable muppet Abby Cadabby explains in one YouTube video, “Lots of kids have autism and that just means their brains work a little differently.”
The muppet Julia has not yet made her TV debut, but the wide-eyed little girl with a big smile is the star of her own digital storybook called “We’re Amazing, 1,2,3.”
Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, Senior Vice President of U.S. Social Impact at Sesame Workshop, says Sesame Street producers are waiting to hear back from the autism community before introducing Julia to the show on TV.