Meet Julia. She has big green eyes, orange hair and she also has autism.
According to TODAY, Julia is the newest character from the Sesame Workshop. She is a relatable character for children with autism or children who know someone with autism.
‘Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children’ was released on Wednesday.
“Children with autism are five times more likely to get bullied,” Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, the senior vice president of community and family engagement at Sesame Workshop, told PEOPLE. “And with one in 68 children having autism, that’s a lot of bullying. Our goal is to bring forth what all children share in common, not their differences. Children with autism share in the joy of playing and loving and being friends and being part of a group.”
There is also a new storybook called ‘We’re Amazing, 1, 2, 3!‘ that shares more about Julia.
Parents, teachers and kids can read more here at www.SesameStreet.org/Autism.
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