Sesame Street introduces first character with autism


A new character joined Sesame Street Wednesday morning.

Julia — a character who has autism —  joined Elmo, Big Bird and the rest of the Sesame Street family. 

Julia is part of "Sesame Street and Autism: See all in amazing children," an initiative launched Wednesday to promote awareness about autism.

The program is available as an app and on desktop. It includes daily routine cards and resources to help family, friends and others who encounter children with autism.

Sesame Workshop partnered with 14 other organizations on the initiative, including the Yale Child Study Center and Autism Speaks.