Sesame Street Have Just Made A HUGE Announcement
Posted on March 20, 2017
In America this morning, ’60 minutes’ has unveiled a new Sesame Street muppet named Julia, who will make her debut on the show next month.
Christine Ferraro, a writer on the show for more than two decades, told 60 Minutes, that Julia is meant to expose the shows viewers to children with Autistic traits.
“It’s tricky because Autism is not one thing because it is different for every single person who has autism. There is an expression that goes, ‘If you’ve met one person with Autism, you’ve met one person with Autism,’” Ferraro said.The purpose of the character is “so that, when [children] encounter [people with disabilities] in their real life it's familiar. And they see that these-- these can be their friends too,” she added.
On the premiere episode, Big Bird will be seen holding out his wing to shake hands with Julia, who will not respond That will the become a teaching for characters on the show.
Julia first appeared in a digital storybook in 2015, called "We're Amazing, 1,2,3.”