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Julia muppet
Credit: Sesame Workshop

Julia muppet Credit: Sesame Workshop

Julia muppet Credit: Sesame Workshop

Julia, a friendly muppet with orange hair, a kind smile, and big, green eyes, is going to make her debut on Sesame Street on April 10, 2017.

She is a young girl with autism who isn’t afraid to take on new challenges and to be herself.

Her introductory episode called “Meet Julia,” will introduce fans of the show to this lovable character whom some may already recognize from Sesame Street’s digital story entitled “Sesame Street and Autism: See the Amazing in All Children.”

It can be viewed online and through e-books, short videos, and even an app.

How exactly will Julia be introduced to the rest of the characters, though? Additionally, what do the writers of the show have in mind for her? The answers to these questions, and more, are as follows…

How does Julia meet her new Sesame Street friends? You see, as she already knows Elmo and Abby from the technology-based storybook, she will first be seen with the two of them walking together when they stumble upon Big Bird.

Yvonne Villarreal, a contact reporter for www.latimes.com, writes in an article that, “At first, Julia will be reluctant to shake the big yellow bird’s hand.”

Eventually, though, she warms up to him, and the two become fast friends.

In order to create this delightful new Muppet, though, Jeanette Betancourt recently stated that, “years of consultation with organizations, experts and families within the autism community” have been involved. Betancourt, it should be mentioned, is the senior V.P. for U.S. Social Impact, “a global development management firm” (www.socialimpact.com).

Betancourt also said in an article written on www.columbian.com, “We wanted to promote a better understanding and reduce the stigma often found around these children. We’re modeling the way both children and adults can look at autism from a strength-based perspective: finding things that all children share.”

One of the writers of Sesame Street, Christine Ferraro, plans for Julia to be a recurring character on the show. She is excited to see the results of this wonderful new addition, stating to the LA Times, in the article mentioned above, “I would love her to be not Julia, the kid on ‘Sesame Street’ who has autism. I would like her to be just Julia.”

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About the Writer
Morgan McGrath, Staff Writer

Morgan McGrath–a sophomore at heart, as that was her favorite year of school–is currently a senior at BPHS. Morgan participates in many school activities such as writing for the Hawk Eye and playing the saxophone in the marching band.

Like most teenagers, she enjoys watching Netflix after school. One of her favorite shows right now is The Office.

But you can’t forget about listening to some music and scrolling through her phone. Morgan loves all kinds of music. She is particularly fond of pop and 80’s music.

Eventually, she makes her way to doing homework at around 5 o’clock.

On a more serious note, Morgan works as a cashier at a local hardware store, but she definitely won’t stop there.

Morgan plans to pursue a career in communications and multimedia after high school. But for now she will be focusing on her senior year.

English is one of Morgan’s favorite classes. Her favorite teacher is Mrs. Casagranda.

Another class she will be focusing on is Journalism. Morgan took this class to explore new kinds of writing, broadening her horizons you could say, as she already took both creative Writing 1 and 2. She also wants to be able to share news with her school as a writer for the BPHS Hawk Eye.

Written by: Jayden Harris, Staff Writer

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