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Sesame Street adds autistic character

Sesame Street introduces Julia, a new character on the show who is autistic. (Source: CNN) Sesame Street introduces Julia, a new character on the show who is autistic. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - The newest Sesame Street character has orange hair, green eyes and autism.

Her name is Julia.

She’s part of a new online initiative, to spread awareness about autistic developmental disorders.

Parents can download a free app that teaches kids how to better interact with autistic children.

In it, Elmo plays with Julia, and explains how she plays in different ways.

One in 68 U.S. children has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sesame Street is using hashtag-see-amazing to encourage people to share their stories, videos and pictures on social media to keep the conversation about autism going.

No word if Julia will also appear on the show.

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