Sesame Workshop announced yesterday that a new neighbor will be part of the show: a muppet, named "Julia," who has autism. She is part of a new initiative on the show, "Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children”.
Autism Speaks' Michael Rosanoff, Director of Public Research, appeared on "Good Morning America" today to address how important Julia's presence on the show will be to change perceptions about autism in the minds of children and their families.
"The Sesame Street campaign is really helping them see that they're not alone, and for kids that don't have autism and their families, they are learning about what autism is and how kids with autism aren't that dissimilar from themselves," Rosanoff said.
"Kids on the autism spectrum get bullied 5 times more often. So it's really important that we have characters like Julia so children can learn to be accepting and understanding of one another," said Elsie Sole, senior writer, Yahoo Parenting.
Watch the full GMA video here.