Sesame Street's newest muppet, Julia, met autism advocates and the press at an event held at the Capitol and hosted by actress Holly Robinson Peete. Julia made headlines recently after a segment on 60 Minutes announced that she would be joining Elmo, Big Bird and the other muppets of Sesame Street on the TV show.
Host, Holly Robinson Peete has a son on the autism spectrum and has been an advocate for many years, even launching her own organization, The HollyRod Foundation.
“I always like to say I wouldn’t change my son for the world but I would like to change the world for my son,” said Peete.
Julia was joined by fellow muppets Elmo and Abbey Cadabby at the event. Pennsylvania Congressman and long-time autism advocate Mike Doyle spoke at the event. In 2001, Doyle and New Jersey Congressman Chris Smith founded the congressional "Coalition for Autism Research and Education."
Watch a video from the event below.
— Alex Gangitano (@AlexGangitano) April 4, 2017