‘Sesame Street’ Introduces first Character with Autism
Sesame Street has a new character in the neighborhood. Her name is Julia and she’s the first character to have Autism on the children’s show.
The addition of Julia, is a part of Sesame Street Workshop‘s new nationwide initiative.
Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children aims to reduce “the stigma of autism” with the introduction of the first muppet with autism.
The initiative includes a free downloadable app that mixes video, and digital cards to make daily life easier for families of children with autism.
“Children with autism are five times more likely to get bullied,” senior vice president of U.S. social impact, Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, tells PEOPLE. “And with one in 68 children having autism, that’s a lot of bullying. Our goal is to bring forth what all children share in common, not their differences. Children with autism share in the joy of playing and loving and being friends and being part of a group.”
Sesame Street is also promoting the initiative through social media, by using (and encouraging others to use) the hashtag #SeeAmazing online to promote awareness.