Julia is the first muppet with autism on Sesame Street. Stephanie https://www.buzzfeed.com/stephaniemcneal/julia-sesame-street?utm_term=.ob5PnDQ9Za#.inL8qgD25M">reports:
"Julia is played by puppeteer Stacey Gordon, herself a mother of a son with autism. Gordon told 60 Minutes she traveled to New York from her home in Arizona to audition for the part. She said the fact that an autistic character is being included on the show is 'huge.'
"'It means that our kids are important enough to be seen in society,' Gordon told 60 Minutes. 'Having Julia on the show and seeing all of the characters treat her with compassion.'
"She said she hopes kids will better understand autistic children like her son after seeing Julia on the show.
"'Had my son's friends been exposed to his behaviors through something that they had seen on TV before they experienced them in the classroom, they might not have been frightened,' Gordon said. 'They might not have been worried when he cried. They would have known that he plays in a different way and that that's okay.'
"She added: 'It's important for kids without autism to see what autism can look like.'"