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CREATING JULIA: SESAME STREET'S NEW CHARACTER WITH AUTISM

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Julia Premieres On Sesame Street This Monday, April 10, 11 a.m. 

Sesame Street introduces audiences to Julia, a four year old girl with autism, this year. Dr. Wendy Stone at the University of Washington was a primary consultant in the development of Julia. In the video above, learn more about the autism diagnosis and how she worked with Sesame Street to create a character aimed at promoting acceptance.

Sesame Street began on PBS in 1970. The educational children's program uses Jim Henson puppets and other characters to interact with children both on the show and watching at home. It's won numerous Emmy and Grammy Awards over the years, and has featured  a host of special guests from First Lady Michelle Obama to Ron Howard.

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MEET JULIA: THE NEWEST FRIEND ON SESAME STREET

Meet Julia, the newest friend on Sesame Street. Julia has autism and does things just a little bit differently. Tune in to watch as she and her new friends play and explore on Sesame Street, learning that being different can be a great thing.

SONIA MANZANO ON BECOMING SESAME STREET'S 'MARIA'

Writer and actor Sonia Manzano played the character of Maria on “Sesame Street” for 44 years before announcing her retirement. In her new memoir, “Becoming Maria,” Manzano recounts her tough childhood in the South Bronx and how she used her experiences to help other children. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Manzano about her journey to playing a beloved role model.

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