MEET JULIA ......the newest member of the Sesame Street Family who is cute, loving and "autistic"
PBS TV show Sesame Street has never shied away from taking on complex topics that are hard to discuss with children, more specifically chronic health issues. Aristotle, a blind muppet, was introduced in 1982,he taught Big Bird how to read braille. In 2002, the South African co-production of Sesame Street introduced Kami, an HIV-positive muppet who starred in the show and was even featured with President Bill Clinton in 2006.
Sesame Workshop now plans to tackle the complex topic of childhood autism spectrum disorder with Julia, a pre-school-age muppet with the condition. Julia is Elmo’s newest friend.
Julia’s debut is part of an initiative called “See Amazing in All Children,” a partnership with more than a dozen autism organizations.
Autism varies among children:some children can talk, while others can't. Many of them are sensitive to noise. Some have trouble keeping eye contact, and many of them experience the world differently, so they'll touch different objects to explore the sensation of texture. Some ask too many questions, some repeat the same phrases. Autism is extremely controversial. While some organizations, such as Autism Speaks, consider autism a syndrome that calls for research to help mitigate its effects, others, such as the Autism Self-Advocacy Network, simply view autism as an alternative way of expressing feelings and emotions.
One in every 69 children in the United States suffer from Autism and generally more boys are autistic than girls