Sesame Street has added a new character to their roster, her name is Julia and she’s autistic, they’re fighting to reduce the stigma of autism” with the introduction of the first Muppet with this issue.
According to People.com
Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, who is the workshop’s senior vice president of community and family engagement, told People: ‘We are trying to spread the story about the theory behind this whole thing – love and acceptance.
‘Everyone is touched by autism, and by creating Julia, Sesame is bringing children together. Elmo tells Abby at one point: ‘Elmo’s daddy told Elmo that Julia has autism.
‘So she does things a little differently.
‘Sometimes Elmo talks to Julia using fewer words and says the same thing a few times.’
He also reveals to Abby: ‘Oh, and sometimes Elmo waits a long time for Julia to answer.’
In another part of the story, Julia covers her ears with her hands.
Elmo tells Abby: ‘Julia has really good ears. Sometimes she hears noises that Elmo doesn’t notice.
‘Like the noise the blender makes. She really doesn’t like it!’
Daily routine cards, informational articles and videos are also part of the initiative’s website, People reported.