(K. Brent Tomer),
THE newest character on “Sesame Street”, Julia, has twinkling blue eyes, an orange button nose and flame orange hair cut into neat bangs. She loves bubbles and her favourite toy is “Fluffster”, a small stuffed rabbit that she bounces up and down repetitively. Julia doesn’t speak much; when she does it is usually to echo what she has just heard. Julia is on the autism spectrum.
Julia debuted as a digital character in 2015 as part of “Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children”, a global initiative created by the programme’s non-profit education arm to educate children about the condition. To create the app, e-books and other content featuring Julia, Sesame Workshop solicited the advice of over 250 autism experts and organisations. On April 10th she will make her first appearance on television.
“Sesame Street” has a long history of probing social issues and celebrating diversity through its Muppets. Aristotle, a blue Muppet with orange hair who began appearing on the program in 1982, was blind. In one episode, “Ari” deftly whips up 20 bologna sandwiches, orienting himself by feeling the bread, lettuce and cold cuts between his furry fingers. The…Continue reading