Sesame Street will add Julia, a 4-year-old female muppet who has autism, to its cast next month as part of an expanding autism initiative.
The TV show rolled out the news of Julia’s arrival on its website and released a series of YouTube videos featuring her on Sunday. Julia, who loves to sing and can memorize lyrics better than her young peers, struggles with loud noises like sirens, which can cause her to become emotionally upset.
“60 Minutes” aired a segment about the first Julia episode on Sunday night, introducing her arrival on the show with a series of Tweets in the lead-up to the broadcast.
Sesame Street first introduced the character in a digital storybook released in the fall of 2015.
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