Watch: Sesame Street adds a new Muppet to educate children about Autism

By Andrew Pillow

Autism tends to be very hard to teach children about. Particularly in a classroom setting. Sesame Street seeks to remedy this with a new addition to their cast. Sesame Street will soon welcome Julia to their television show. Julia has autism, and the creators of Sesame Street intend to discuss it on the show.

Julia has already been introduced to the print world of Sesame Street through the storybook We’re Amazing, 1,2,3!. She will make her television debut on April 10th.

The puppeteer of Julia, Stacey Gordon, actually has a son with high functioning autism which has made her very invested in the character.

“I want to do my best to bring Julia to the world in the best light possible.” Says Gordon.

Get a sneak preview of Julia’s debut below.


Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.