“Sesame Street” just got a whole lot broader with its newest neighbor: Julia, a Muppet with autism.
She’s making her TV debut surrounded by everybody’s favorite neighborhood gang on HBO and PBS in April.
The show’s creators hope the new character will help children better understand playmates who have autism, which is affecting more and more American kids. Children with autism will also have a Muppet they can identify with.
With its 1st Julia ep, Sesame Street hopes to deliver a message of inclusion. Elmo: We really like Julia. She’s really special to us.” pic.twitter.com/UpgbMQr1pt— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) March 20, 2017