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‘Sesame Street’ Introduces Brand-New Character To Help Explain Autism To Children

by Ana Luisa Suarez
Ana is an Associate Editor who loves animals and food. A good taco and a snuggle with her dogs is all she needs.

For nearly 50 years, children and adults have been answering the question, “Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?”

The hit children’s program has been on air since 1969, which means that over the course of its run, we’ve met many characters from all walks of life who’ve helped handle different issues.

There are many favorite characters who’ve been around for decades, including Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Elmo, Bert and Ernie, Oscar the Grouch, and more.

News previously broke that one of the newest characters to arrive on Sesame Street was Julia, a muppet girl with autism. Many people online expressed their gratitude for this inclusion.

When the episode aired on April 10, 2017, Sesame Street proved once again how brilliantly it handles sensitive or tough subjects. The introduction of Julia was subtle yet well crafted, showing how much work and research they put behind the scenes.

When introduced, Julia is busy painting a beautiful picture. However, she doesn’t respond when Big Bird talks to her and asks for a high five. The big yellow guy thinks this means that Julia doesn’t like him.

But Alan, a Sesame Street human companion, explains that Julia has autism. He says what autism means for Julia, telling Big Bird that she may interact with people differently. Many fans have expressed their appreciation of Sesame Street‘s explanation that autism is different for each person.

You can watch the video below to see more of Julia and learn about her character! If you love Sesame Street, you’ll also love this video of Sia singing with Grover to raise awareness for a charity!

Please SHARE Julia with all of your friends and family who grew up watching Sesame Street!

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