Julia is set to make her formal debut in the next season of Sesame Street, specifically in the episode titled Meet Julia, which will air on April 10, 2017 on PBS and HBO.
Here, Danielle Duggins from blog Someone's Mum tells us why the addition of new Muppet Julia will make a huge difference for her and her son, who is on the autistic spectrum. "Had my son's friends been exposed to his behaviors through something that they had seen on TV before they experienced them in the classroom, they might not have been frightened", she tells "60 Minutes"' Lesley Stahl. They'll grow up knowing that it's there and it won't worry them and they can treat everyone equally.
But she has been brought to life in Muppet-form, and will appear in the American institution's 47 season in a special Meet Julia episode airing in the United States on April 10.
"I thought that maybe she didn't like me", he said.
"We're really pleased to see a popular TV show like Sesame Street introducing an autistic character".
"People will understand that this is what they have and this is what they're going through and this is hard", said Julia of her hopes for what the new character may show. Other details included making sure Julia had a short haircut that would not get in her eyes or mouth, and clothes free of distracting bows and buttons.
Here's what we know about her so far.
Rather than being treated like an outsider, Sesame Street will show Julia as part of the group.
"I think the character Julia is fantastic", said Tom Beeson, who oversees the future program at the University of Tennessee.
The team of writers reportedly worked with autism organizations, families and educators on how to accurately depict a child with autism, as well as how to appropriately explain the condition to young viewers.
"That is one of my favorite things about "Sesame Street" is that they're so inclusive of showing kids of all shapes, sizes, types, everything", Lindsay Dorff, a Green Bay mom, said.
Allen says some children with autism can find it hard to make friends, and need other children to learn to better understand how they function. She has already appeared in Sesame Street cartoons and books, but this will be her first appearance on the famous children's show.
Julia's message is special for one little MA girl, also named Julia. They are all different.