How Muppets are Changing the Way We See Autism

In April 2017, the world was formally introduced to Julia, the first Muppet with an autism diagnosis. For many individuals with autism as well as their caregivers, Julia’s debut on Sesame Street resonated as an important step in normalizing ASD.

One of these individuals is Jennifer Malia, who was diagnosed with autism along with two of her children. Read Malia’s piece in The New York Times, which describes what characters like Julia mean to her family, and how this representation can make a difference for kids with—and without—autism.




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