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Sesame Street's newest character has autism, and she's brilliant

In a bid to reduce the stigma surrounding autism, Sesame Street has introduced Julia, a muppet with red hair, green eyes and autism – and she is great. 

The new character, who will make her TV debut in April, has already featured in print and digital storybooks. 

Julia is part of an initiative called Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in all Children, and by bringing her on board, writers hope to reduce the stigma surrounding the condition.

"The big discussion right at the start was, 'How do we do this? How do we talk about autism?'" Sesame Street writer Christine Ferraro told the CBS News show 60 Minutes.

"It's tricky because autism is not one thing, because it is different for every single person who has autism."

Sesame Street has been around for 50 years, and the latest addition joins Big Bird, Elmo, Bert and Ernie and Cookie Monster. 

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