Monday, April 10, 2017

Meet Julia!

Julia, the first Muppet with autism, makes her Sesame Street debut today!

While the character was introduced in storybook form in the 2016 digital storybook "We're Amazing, 1, 2, 3!", today marks her first official day on the street!

In a move that I hope continues, HBO agreed to let PBS stations have the episode the same day it airs the episode instead of the usual 9 month gap. 

Which means you should be able to find it now on both HBO and your local PBS station!

The characters is performed by new Muppet performer Stacey Gordon whose own son has autism.


Check out the HBO promos:

To help promote her debut 60 Minutes took their, hard to believe, first ever trip to Sesame Street last month to introduce the character and show how she was created.

Julie and the
 Sesame gang then headed over to the Today show to tout her debut.

Autism advocate Holly Robinson Peete, Abby Cadabby and Julia even went to Washington last week and spoke about Autism at the Capitol Visitor Center

Sesame Workshop also created an official website for children and parents who are dealing with the challenges of autism, which currently affects 1 in 68 children.

In the episodes all-new street story, Big Bird learns about autism when he's introduced to Julia, who helps her new friends invent a game called "boing tag."

Don't have HBO, and can't wait to meet Julia? Sesame Street made the entire segment available online:

Julia will appear in one more episode this year, with more scheduled for next season.

If you donate $100 or more to Sesame Workshop's Yellow Feather Fund you can receive a limited edition Julia plush, while supplies last.
Everyone, meet Julia!

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