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For the first time in 10 seasons, Sesame Street is introducing a new muppet to its recurring cast. Julia is a 4-year-old girl with autism who originally debuted in a digital storybook as part of Sesame Workshops "See Amazing in All Children" initiative . In order to expand the show’s mission to help kids grow "smarter, stronger, and kinder," Julia was brought on full-time to help reduce the stigma surrounding autism and teach children about diversity and tolerance. "The challenge of creating a character with autism is that you do have to think about all the different kinds of autism that exist, that whole spectrum and pick a place. It's like picking one person to represent a whole race," ... Full story

20 March