Sesame Street Julia Autism

Sesame Street Sneak Peeks: Meet Julia, a Muppet Character With Autism

Sesame Street has released its first clips of a new Muppet character — Julia, a 4-year-old with autism.

Having existed for more than a year in print and digital offerings as part of Sesame Workshop’s “Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children” initiative, this marks the character’s live-action debut.

In the first clip embedded below, Big Bird isn’t sure what to make of Julia when he first meets her, seeing as she doesn’t seem to acknowledge him and his greeting. “She does things just a little differently, in a Julia sort of way,” the character of Abby explains to her fine-feathered friend.

Stacy Gordon — a veteran puppeteer whose son is on the autism spectrum and who has worked as a therapist to youngsters on the spectrum — is among those helping bring Julia to life. “It is so much fun to be on set with everyone, and get to play up all the positive things I’ve seen with the kids that I’ve worked with,” Gordon told the Associated Press. “At the same time, I come at this with a reverence. I don’t want to let the autism community down.”

Julia’s first episode, “Meet Julia,” airs Monday, April 10 on HBO; Sesame Street has also set up a playlist of related videos.

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  1. Amber says:

    In a world full of bs, this is just so adorable and pure.

  2. Melody says:

    Nice to see more autism representation on tv. Sesame Street has a way of integrating everyone that makes it seems so basic, like it’s our instinct to accept each other from the beginning.

  3. Fabrizia says:

    I am afraid my children will watch it and become autistic themselves. That’s how it works, right?

    • George H. says:

      How big of you to be cracking jokes about something that affects the lives of so many. A sterling example for your kids.

    • Not even close. If you’re making a joke, please think about it because we parents of children on the spectrum spend a lot of time trying to deal with ignorant people and that doesn’t help. If you’re serious, go educate yourself through an organization like Autism Speaks.

      • anon says:

        Well if you think Autism Speaks is a great organization, I have a bridge to sell you. Look up some of the ways they try to claim that children who have autism are a “burden,” the fact that they don’t have anyone with autism on any boards and quite a few other things.

    • Matt says:

      I’m autistic and actually thought that was really funny. Come on, guys, they’re obviously making fun of all of the “______ makes kids autistic!” nonsense going around. Learn to laugh a little!

  4. George H. says:

    Pretty cool how Sesame Street does stuff like this, to show kids that people who are a bit different are still people too.

  5. My five year old son is on the autism spectrum, and I’m really happy to see this happening. Also, thank you guys for talking about the spectrum in a respectful way. Too many people treat it like a one-size-fits-all disease, when it’s really a spectrum of behaviors that result in a social deficiency.