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Your New Favorite ‘Sesame Street’ Character Is a Green-Eyed, Orange-Haired Muppet With Autism

Thursday Oct 22, 2015 8:57 AM

Photo: Sesame Workshop

There’s a new kid on “Sesame Street” and she’s already good friends with Elmo and Abby Cadabby.

Meet Julia. She’s a green-eyed, orange-haired muppet that’s going to help all of us understand autism better. And she’s already starred in a digital storybook called “We’re Amazing, 1, 2, 3!” with her two new best buds.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 68 children in the United States have been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a group of developmental disabilities that cause social, communication and behavioral challenges.

So, to raise autism awareness Sesame Workshop started the Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children initiative. It’s a great place that provides resources, like videos and storybooks, which will assist children with autism and their families with their everyday challenges.

“Our goal is to bring forth what all children share in common, not their differences,” senior vice president of U.S. social impact at Sesame Workshop, Dr. Jeanette Betancourt told People Magazine. “Children with autism share in the joy of playing and loving and being friends and being part of a group.”

If you already love Sesame Street, this new character, digital storybook, and initiative will make you love them even more.

This article is brought to you by our partners at RYOT. Click here to view the original article on RYOT.org



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