Sesame Street doesn't introduce new characters all that often, but now Julia has joined the gang! She's a 4 year old with red hair, green eyes and is a bit shy. She is also the first character on the show that has Autism!
By having Julia on the show, It should help make both children and adults more aware of just what autism is and hopefully give them a much better understanding of the condition.
What is really nice, is that the woman responsible for operating Julia, has an autistic son of her own. So there will be some real experience going into the character to give her the best chance of reaching out to raise awareness.
Some children may be confused when they first meet a child with autism, which means they may just think that they aren't 'Normal', this could result in making fun of them or a more serious form of bullying. Which unfortunately seems to be quite common.
Autistic people typically have trouble in social situations as well as knowing how to handle their emotions (as well as other things) so making the subject easier for kids to learn about, has to be good, right?
Obviously this applies to adults with autism too, but I guess Julia it's a good starting point, as children should connect better with a younger character overall.
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