Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street, has unveiled the newest phase of its autism initiative, Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children, welcoming 4-year-old Julia, a Muppet with autism, to the broadcast with her special episode set to premiere globally next month.
According to a company press release, “Julia, introduced last year in digital form, comes to life as a Muppet in addition to a broad release of resources designed to serve autistic children and their families and increase awareness and understanding of autism. New digital videos, books, and ebooks add to the See Amazing library, with the collection available in both English and Spanish.”
Sesame Street’s “Meet Julia” special episode airs in a landmark joint premiere April 10 on HBO and PBS KIDS in the United States and around the world on Cartoonito UK, Australia’s ABC network, and Mexico’s Televisa, with worldwide rollout planned within the year.
Among the many creators and contributors behind See Amazing in All Children, Stacey Gordon, who performs the role of Julia, and Christine Ferraro, the writer of the “Meet Julia” episode, both have close family relationships that helped them bring this character to life in a compelling, meaningful way.
“Bringing Julia to life as a Sesame Street Muppet is the centerpiece of all of our new materials to support families of children with autism,” said Sherrie Westin, EVP of Global Impact and Philanthropy, Sesame Workshop. “The response from the autism community to See Amazing in all Children has been extraordinary, and we are committed to continuing our efforts to promote understanding and acceptance of autism, as part of our mission of helping all children grow smarter, stronger, and kinder.”
In creating See Amazing, Sesame Workshop has worked for more than five years in consultation with over 250 organizations and experts within the autism community to address an increasingly prevalent condition. To date, Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children has generated more than 1.6 million page views, with more than 400,000 users and over 30,000 app downloads.