I came out in September of 2015 in a post called "My Name is Frank. I am Autism Daddy. I work at Sesame Street" In that post I explained that I work at Sesame Street and revealed my true identity because I wanted to promote Sesame Street's autism initiative which I worked on.
A day later, on I posted this on my Autism Daddy Facebook page, and I felt it was important for me to re-post and say again
Ok, so then in March of 2016, I wrote another post called "Sesame Street & Autism: 13 New Videos & an Emmy Nomination" when Sesame premiered some more autism content.
You see, Julia was introduced to the world back then only as an online digital storybook called "We're Amazing 123".
The book was beautifully written by Leslie Kimmelman, herself an autism mom. Go like Leslie's Facebook page here and checkout her website here.
You can also view it here!!
I am extremely proud and happy with how the episode turned out. However, I will tell you that I had very little to do with the production of this episode. I can't take any credit for how great it is. :) My job doesn't really entail working on the US show. So, while I worked on earlier parts of Sesame's autism initiative I did not work on the "Meet Julia" episode.
Play Peek-A-Boo with Elmo & Julia
Meet Julia, the newest friend on Sesame Street. Julia has autism. She also has a stuffed bunny named Fluffster! She and Elmo are different in some ways, but they have lots in common too. Elmo brings his doll David to play with Julia and Fluffster, and the four buddies play peek-a-boo.
Abby Cadabby & Julia Sing Sunny Days
Meet Julia, the newest friend on Sesame Street. Julia has autism. She’s also a really good singer and can remember all the words to lots of songs… like the favorite Sesame Street song, “Sunny Days.” Abby’s happy to join in!
Butterfly Flapping Fun | Julia & Abby Cadabby
Meet Julia, the newest friend on Sesame Street. Julia has autism, and when she’s excited, sometimes she flaps her arms. Abby flaps her wings when she’s excited. Together, they’re the perfect pair to pretend to be butterflies…and then watch a real butterfly that lands in the garden!
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star with Julia & Elmo
Meet Julia, the newest friend on Sesame Street. Julia has autism. She also likes to sing and look up at the night sky. She and Elmo stargaze as they sing “Twinkle, Twinkle”and their star grows brighter and brighter.
As for the Julia muppet, you, the autism community, the autism moms and dads, were a HUGE reason why she graduated from a storybook character to an actual muppet on the show!
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