New Kid on the Street has Autism

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-

 

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."

 
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