Sesame Street Autistic Muppet

Sesame Street Introduces Its First Muppet With Autism: Meet Julia

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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  1. Ro says:

    This is a great idea.

    • Weezy says:

      Yeah real great idea…let’s not focus on why autism has gone from 1 in 28k to 1 in 68 in a generation (as if that can just happen organically). But instead let’s focus on putting an autistic muppet on TV. Such is the way with our stupid world…

      • Julie says:

        So we should ignore the fact that it is prevalent in our society and not make younger children aware and of the differences? Did you not watch Sesame Street as a child Weezy??? They teach lessons, not statistics. Maybe you need to watch and learn a little bit about the life of children with autism so you can learn to accept them instead of being so concerned with numbers. Or maybe you should go ahead and figure out why the numbers have jumped so drastically. This is an amazing idea and will teach children how to interact with children that might be a little or a lot different than them and learn how to accept those differences.

  2. Shaun says:

    Can Muppets even get Autism?they aren’t human after all.

    • Tony Lang says:

      By logic, they shouldn’t even be able to talk. Gold star for your comment.

    • Julie says:

      This is a stupid comment. And obviously you have zero respect for people with Autism. Maybe some day you will have the privilege of knowing someone on the spectrum and you’ll learn something from them.

  3. Bob Backus says:

    Maybe it’s the wrong condition, but I swear they already did this in the 90s or so. Was that something else?

    • Amanda says:

      It was the Muppet with AIDs…..I will they would have used a boy since they are 3x likely to get Autism, but I’ll take whatever I can get!

      • Anj Barclay says:

        boys actually aren’t more likely to have autism (it’s something you’re born with, not something you ‘get’), they’re just more likely to be diagnosed with it. doctors tend to think that if a child (or an adult) isn’t presenting autistic behaviors in the exact way they’re trained to think of autistic behaviors, then they’re not autistic behaviors. girls with autism are more likely to present the same symptoms in different ways that doctors aren’t necessarily as familiar with.

  4. Lori says:

    My son with autism still watches Sesame street. Happy to see this represented.

  5. TV Gord says:

    This is perfect for Sesame Street! It should make pre-schoolers accustomed to autism before many of them will meet classmates who have been diagnosed! Good move, CTW!

  6. iHeart says:

    I am on the autism spectrum, I think this is a good idea. But is Julia going to be on the show often or is she just only going to be on the special?

    And who is performing her?

  7. Christi says:

    I think Julia is awesome. I have a son with Autism. It’s great what you all are doing.

  8. Candy says:

    Is Julia going to have an Autism meltdown?

  9. What a great way to spread awareness. Good for Sesame Street.

  10. Lisa allseits says:

    Thank you Sesame Street for taking on such a “tough” character. Autism is so broad based that Julia could be almost anything on the spectrum and I’ll love her as much as I love our son (who is also on the spectrum)! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Sesame Street for making our world just a little better every day!

    • Angie says:

      I have a friend that has a son that has autism. I don’t think you should come on to this article with a negative and disrespectful attitude. To take away all the optimistic and positive things that sesame Street is trying to do for people. Because all we got at the end of the day is our attitude and hope. How dear you take that away from an individual and their family you have no right.

  11. herman1959 says:

    This is wonderful. I’m glad to see that Sesame continues to be dedicated to the public interest despite its new sponsorship.