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Sesame Street introduces first character with autism

Hit children’s series Sesame Street is introducing a new character to its ensemble in the form of Julia, the first muppet to have autism.

First introduced as a digital only animated character in 2015, Julia is now preparing to fully join the long-running show in April this year.

Julia has been created to expose the show’s young viewers to children with autistic traits. Her first appearance on Sesame Street will see Big Bird and others attempt to welcome and shake hands with her but come to realise that Julia’s reluctance isn’t rudeness, rather a teaching moment into what autism is.

Take a first look at the new character Julia in the video below:

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