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Sesame Street’s 1st Muppet With Autism Aims to End Stigma, Promote Understanding
ABC News

 ”Sesame Street” is welcoming a new Muppet friend as a part of a new initiative to “help destigmatize autism,” according to the show’s producers.

The new Muppet’s name is Julia, and she’s a “preschool girl with autism who does things a little differently when playing with her friends, the lovable Elmo, Abby Cadabby and Grover,” the Sesame Workshop said in a statement to ABC News.

Julia is part of Sesame Workshop’s new digital initiative, “Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children,” which includes an iPad app and various online resources for parents with kids who have autism.

The initiative’s website was designed with children in mind, featuring “larger buttons, audio-off options, and the ability for children to customize content,” according to the Sesame Workshop.