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Julia, Sesame Street's Autistic Muppet, Makes Debut

By    |   Tuesday, 11 Apr 2017 10:22 AM

Julia made her "Sesame Street" debut Monday as a Muppet with autism, appearing on the television show for the first time.

The Muppet was introduced online and in books in 2015 to help fans understand people with autism, ABC News noted.

Children with autism, which affects one of 68 children across the United States, often appear to have difficulty understanding and expressing emotion, and may express attachment in a different manner, according to Easter Seals website.

On "Sesame Street," Julia is introduced as a friend of Elmo, noted ABC News. She is introduced to Big Bird, but she does not immediately respond to greetings while she and others are finger painting.

Host Alan Muraoka said on the show that it may take Julia a little longer to answer than others, reported ABC News. Muraoka acts as a guide for the Muppets and the viewers about autism and Julia's reactions to others, noted the broadcaster.

The 10-minute "Sesame Street" clip featuring Julia on YouTube had received more than 97,000 views Tuesday morning.

"While the diagnosis is common, public understanding of autism is not," a statement on "Sesame Street's" website said. "The lack of understanding about the condition can make life even more difficult for children with autism. A recent study reveals that they are five times more likely to be bullied than their peers — treatment no child should endure.

"While it's true there can be significant differences between people with autism and their peers, all children want the same things: to feel safe, happy, and loved. And all children have something to contribute — unique perspectives and talents that help make the world a richer and more interesting place," the statement continued.

Many on social media supported the episode.

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