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Sesame Street introduces Julia, its first character with autism

By WITW Staff on October 23, 2015

Sesame Street is adding a new member to its muppet family: Julia, who is described as “a preschool girl with autism who does things a little differently when playing with her friends.” Julia appears in her own “digital storybook” titled “We’re Amazing, 1,2,3,” but will only be introduced to the TV show after its producers have received feedback from the autism community. While Julia is not the first fictional character with autism, introducing her in the extremely popular children’s series is still “pretty groundbreaking” according to Michael Robb, the Director of Research for Common Sense Media, an organization that rates and reviews children’s media. He believes it could start a conversation with children about disabilities, helping them to understanding just how Julia is different: “It’s very real in terms of talking in simple language. It spells out these things in concrete ways that kids can understand,” Robb told NPR. “It shows ways she’s just like other kids. It shows how making simple accommodations can help Julia.”

Read the full story at NPR.