|DESIGN||Louis Henry Mitchell designer|
|Rollie Krewson builder|
Julia is a four-year-old girl with autism from Sesame Street, introduced in 2015 as part of the Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children initiative. She is a young girl with bright orange hair and big green eyes and is friends with Elmo and Abby.
Julia's characterization was originated by Leslie Kimmelman for the digital storybook "We're Amazing, 1, 2, 3!" She used her own experiences as the mother of a child with autism, as well as input from research and advisers from the autism community, to inform the story.
Due to the positive response to the outreach initiative, Julia was made into a physical Muppet that debuted in episode 4715 of the show, airing on April 10, 2017. She is performed by Stacey Gordon, who also used her own experiences raising her autistic son to help inform the actions of the character. She made her television debut on 60 Minutes on March 19, 2017, and subsequently appeared in a series of YouTube videos for SesameStreet's YouTube Channel.
- The puppet is built with two sets of arms, one of which allows Julia to flap her arms in an emotional state.
- The character, initially named Isabel, was named after writer Leslie Kimmelman's eldest daughter.
- Sesame Street
- See Amazing in All Children resource videos
- 60 Minutes (March 19, 2017)
- Today (March 27, 2017)
- The Capitol Visitor Center (April 4, 2017)
- The View (April 12, 2017)
- ↑ "Why the Team Behind Sesame Street Created a Character With Autism," Smithsonian Magazine, December 2017.