What happened when Sesame Street introduced a new character with autism
The long-running children's programme Sesame Street introduced a new character, Julia, who has autism. In the show, Elmo introduces her to Big Bird, saying:
Elmo: This is our friend Julia.
Big Bird: Oh hi Julia, I'm Big Bird. Nice to meet you. (No response.) Oh.... Julia?
Allen: Julia's just concentrating on her painting right now.
Later, Allen explains more to Big Bird:
Allen: She has autism. She likes it when people know that.
Big Bird: Autism? What's autism?
Allen: Well, for Julia it means that she might not answer you right away.
Elmo: Yeah. Julia doesn't say a lot.
Allen: That's right. And she might not do what you expect, like give you a High Five.
Abby Cadabby: Yeah. She does things just a little differently... in a Julia sort of way.