Sesame Street introduces new character for Autism Awareness Month

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In honor of Autism Awareness Month, Sesame Street is launching new videos and materials featuring the family of Julia, a muppet with autism.

Julia’s family consists of her parents, big brother, and a companion dog. These characters are a part of a new initiative aimed at providing support and education for families dealing with children with autism. 

Dr. Maureen Barber from the Barber National Institute was involved with the development of the character, Julia, back in 2017.

“I think the impact of the character is that we are seeing increased understanding of Autism, increased awareness and increased empathy for children with Autism.”

HBO and PBS Kids will premiere a Julia-focused Sesame Street episode on April 8th.

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