‘Sesame Street’s’ newest Muppet is Julia, a 4-year-old with blazing red hair, bright green eyes, and autism. She’s been in Sesame Workshop print and digital illustrations for more than a year, and makes her TV debut April 10 on both PBS and HBO.
Sesame Street writers worth with Autism Organizations to find the right way to portray Julia on screen. Autism is different for everyone, so they had to pick one form and stick with that. As you can hear in the clip, when Big Bird asks “What is Autism?” the response is ” For Julia, it means…” showing that it can be different for every individual.