Sesame Street has always taken steps to ensure everyone is represented on the show. It’s just one of the many reasons that it is two years away from celebrating its 50th anniversary. Sesame Workshop has taken another big step by adding the first Muppet character with autism, Julia.
By introducing Julia on Sesame Street, the Sesame Workshop team hopes to introduce other children to autistic behavior at a young age so they know that other children just happen to be different and that’s not a bad thing.
Here’s a look at Julia and the puppeteer behind her, Stacey Gordon.