Meet Julia. She's the new puppet on Sesame Street. And she has autism.
A lot of time and research went into developing this puppet. 60 Minutes debuted Julia and shared the story behind her-
60 Minutes visits “Sesame Street” for the 1st time and films the debut of new Muppet, Julia, who has autism. https://t.co/QqEoMHi4P1— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) March 20, 2017
Stacey Gordon, the puppeteer behind Julia, tells 60 Minutes "As the parent of a child with autism, I wished that it had come out years before, when my own child was at the 'Sesame Street' age"
The purpose behind having an autistic character on Sesame Street? To help kids understand children with autism, writer Christine Ferraro tells 60 Minutes, "so that when they encounter them in their real life it’s familiar. And they see that these-- these can be their friends too."
Building Julia: This week, 60 Minutes introduces a Muppet on the spectrum. Meet the mother who brings Julia to life https://t.co/hdNhTnUu5e— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) March 20, 2017