Sesame Street Introduces Muppet With Autism
Juila, a four-year-old with bright orange hair, a pink dress and a favourite toy rabbit called Fluffster, will be introduced on 10 April in an episode called "Meet Julia." Though, she has already appeared in Sesame Street cartoons and books, this will mark her first appearance on the famous children's show.
According to The Guardian, Sherrie Westin, EVP of global social impact and philanthropy at Sesame Workshop, the non-profit behind Sesame Street said,
“We felt that creating a character who was autistic would allow children to identify her but equally important, it would allow us to model for all children the differences and commonalities of a child with autism.
“It was an opportunity to help explain autism and to help increase awareness and understanding.”
One in 68 American children is currently diagnosed with autism, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an increase of some 119 percent since 2000.
Autism is a developmental disorder present from early childhood, in which, children may have difficulty communicating and forming relationships witgh other people.