Sesame Street has announced they will soon be introducing a new Muppet who has autism! Her name is Julia, a 4-year-old girl with whose character, until now, has existed only in digital form. Her big debut on the show will air on PBS and HBO on April 10th. Sesame Street is known for its dedication to promoting social-emotional development in young children, through their colorful and engaging characters and their portrayal of sensitive issues such as self-esteem, conflict resolution, and acceptance of diversity. Adding Julia to the Muppet family is a deliberate effort to continue their tradition of helping children grow “smarter, stronger, and kinder.”
Fun fact #1: The puppeteer who brings Julia to “life” has a son with autism.
Fun fact #2: Dr. Stone serves on Sesame Street’s Autism Advisory Board.