Muppet with autism to join 'Sesame Street'

Julia, a new autistic muppet character, has joined the cast of "Sesame Street".

That certainly goes for Julia, a Muppet youngster with blazing red hair, bright green eyes - and autism.

In a scene from the episode, she ignores Big Bird when first introduced to the iconic character.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that autism spectrum disorder has been identified in one out of every 68 children-1.5 percent of all children-in the United States and is more than four times more common among boys than among girls. "The response from the autism community to "See Amazing in All Children" has been extraordinary, and we are committed to continuing our efforts to promote understanding and acceptance of autism, as part of our mission of helping all children grow smarter, stronger, and kinder". "Just as we look at all children as being unique, we should do the same thing when we're looking at children with autism", she said. Julia will make her television debut on April 10 in an episode airing simultaneously on HBO and PBS and will appear in one other episode this season. Stacey Gordon, the mother of a son with autism, will be the puppeteer for Julia.

Badesch said that it was obvious the committee "really wanted to get it right - and they got it right", with Julia's character.

Although she figured her chances of landing the dream role of Julia were nil, her contacts in the puppet world paid off: Two friends who worked as Muppeteers on "Sesame Street" dropped her name to the producers.

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“She does things just a little differently, in a Julia sort of way, ” Abby informs him. "They would have known that he plays in a different way and that's OK".

"Yeah, but you know, we had to explain to Big Bird that Julia likes Big Bird", the Elmo character added".

But she's having a blast being part of the show that helped hook her, as a child, on puppeteering.

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He said that people often forget that autism is a spectrum. I dont want to let the autism community down.”.