Sesame Street to introduce new character with autism

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Sesame Street has often experimented with new fun ways of teaching children since its launch almost 50 years ago.

Sesame Street's writers said that developing Julia's character had to be treated delicately considering all the different ways autism manifests itself.

In her first episode, Big Bird holds out his wing to shake hands with Julia, who is being introduced in the upcoming season.

Ms Ferraro said she hoped Julia could help children so when they encounter people with autism in real life, "it's familiar, and they see they can be their friends too". "So, it was a very easy way to show that with a very slight accommodation, they can meet her where she is", Ferarro said. From ABC's to social issues, Sesame Street has been on top of its game to impart kids with knowledge.

'There is an expression that goes, "If you've met one person with Autism, you've met one person with Autism,"' Ferraro told Stahl.

The newcomer, #Julia, is special not just because she has orange hair and is seen always playing with her favorite stuffed bunny. Stacey Gordon, the mother of a son with autism, will be the puppeteer for Julia.

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Sesame Street writer Christine Ferraro told 60 Minutes: "The big discussion right at the start was, 'How do we do this?"

Sesame Street's creatives know that autism is hard to portray, as it exists on a spectrum, and they did not want to generalize the experience. Children with autism will also have a Muppet they can identify with. "We think it's a terrific next step for Sesame Street", said Lisa Goring, chief program and marketing officer at Autism Speaks, a U.S. advocacy organization. But she's making her TV debut surrounded by everybody's favorite neighborhood gang on HBO and PBS in April. As the show's furry crew welcomes Julia with open arms, its young audience will have the chance to learn about autism and the importance of accepting difference.

"[This] means that our kids are important enough to be seen in society". They might not have been anxious when he cried. She said having this representation on TV will show other kids with autism they aren't alone.

Stacy Gordon, who plays Julia on screen, has been thinking of one such child in particular, her son, who is on the autism spectrum.

"Sesame Street" has aired since 1969, and creator Joan Ganz Cooney says that a beer commercial helped answer the question whether television could teach children.