Sesame Street‘s newest resident is bringing along an important message for young viewers of the long-running series.
Julia, the first Muppet with autism, is being introduced as part of “Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children,” an initiative devoted to teaching children about autism and preventing autistic children from being harassed in school.
“Children with autism are five times more likely to get bullied,” Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, senior vice president of community and family engagement at Sesame Workshop, tells People. “And with one in 68 children having autism, that’s a lot of bullying. Our goal is to bring forth what all children share in common, not their differences.”
Though it’s not yet known when Julia will make her small-screen debut, you can learn more by checking out We’re Amazing, 1, 2, 3!, an online storybook about her character.
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