TV has the power to inspire and educate.

It has the capacity to enthrall both adults and children, taking you to far-flung places and introducing you to larger-than-life characters and people that you can identify with.

Kid's TV series, Sesame Street, has stood the test of time for exactly those reasons.

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The show made its debut back in 1969, with Jim Henson's puppets becoming a firm favourite with youngsters all over the world.

And the team behind the magic have been busy creating a brand new character to introduce to their audience.

Julia, a red head with piercing green eyes, has autism, a disability that affects around 700,000 people in the UK- which is more than 1 in 100, according to The National Autistic Society.

There are a number of different autism profiles, such as Asperger syndrome, which affects how a person is able to process and understand language, therefore making communication difficult.

People with autism can also experience a number of mental health problems.

Credit: Sesame Street

Speaking about the latest addition to the Sesame Street family, Jeanette Betancourt, Sesame Workshop's senior vice president of US social impact, said:

We wanted to promote a better understanding and reduce the stigma often found around these children.
Just as we look at all children as being unique, we should do the same thing when we're looking at children with autism.
Julia, who already exists in the Sesame Street And Autism: See Amazing In All Children print and digital storybooks, will make her TV debut on 10th April in the US.

Credit: Sesame Street

Abby Robinson

Abby is a writer for Pretty 52. She's an animation enthusiast, daydreams about roaming the wild with all her animal friends, and is failing to conquer her trainer addiction.

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