For the first time in 10 years, there鈥檚 a new resident moving on to Sesame Street. Her name is Julia, and she has autism.

Julia is a four-year-old with red hair and big green eyes, and is close buddies with established Sesame Street muppets Abby Cadabby and everyone鈥檚 favorite little red monster, Elmo, according to聽NPR. Julia has appeared in the Sesame Street universe before, but will make her debut as an official muppet this week.

Julia appeared in the world of Sesame Street for the first time in the online digital storybook, Sesame Street and Autism: See the Amazing in All Children in 2015, Entertainment Weekly reports. According to NPR, viewers can expect to see Julia in two episodes this season, and even more in seasons to come. It鈥檚 a huge deal, especially for people with autism.

鈥淚f done well, this representation could lead to a lot of autistic youth knowing they have a community,鈥 says Kit Mead, a queer, non-binary trans autistic activist who writes about mental health, autism, and disability.

Mead was diagnosed with autism at age 14, and 鈥渟till didn鈥檛 know I had a community until I met other autistic people in college, because no one taught me about community and there wasn鈥檛 much representation. I basically learned I was alone, and maybe I wouldn鈥檛 have felt that way if I had been able to see others like me.鈥

Now with Julia on Sesame Street, Mead tells us they are 鈥渉opeful that this will help autistic kids learn about autistic community and feel like they aren鈥檛 alone.鈥

Executive Director of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network Julia Bascom tells us over email that the organization is 鈥渢hrilled that Julia has made her television debut, and we hope to see her included as a regular part of Sesame Street鈥榮 programming.鈥

Bascom adds that 鈥淚t鈥檚 essential that kids with disabilities, including autistic children, get to see themselves reflected and represented 鈥 not just in special episodes, but in day-to-day content and stories.鈥

CBS鈥 60 Minutes went inside the Jim Henson Workshop where muppets are made on Sunday to speak with Rollie Krewson, the puppet maker behind Elmo and now, Julia. Krewson told 60 Minutes that Julia鈥檚 autism was a factor in her design. 鈥淪he has to have an intense look,鈥 Krewson said of Julia鈥檚 eyes, 鈥渂ut she has to look friendly.鈥 Krewson also said that she intentionally made Julia鈥檚 bangs short so they wouldn鈥檛 be a distraction to the character, and kept any trimmings such as buttons and bows out of her clothes for the same reason.

According to Autism Speaks, a leading autism education and outreach organization, one of the signs of autism is easy distraction, so Sesame Street took care to incorporate that as one of Julia鈥檚 character traits, right down to her hair and clothes.

NPR reporters who recently visited the set of Sesame Street had the chance to talk with Abby Cadabby about Julia. Abby explained that sometimes it takes a few tries to get Julia鈥檚 attention when someone wants to talk to her. 鈥淭hat鈥檚 just Julia being Julia,鈥 Abby told the NPR team.

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