Project: Just Like You is proud to present Julia! This is her story.
Julia is an inquisitive 4-year-old girl who lives near Sesame Street. She loves to play with her best friends, Elmo and Abby Cadabby, but she also enjoys spending time with Big Bird. Her friend Elmo, in particular, is an advocate for Julia.
She enjoys painting, but not finger painting. She loves shapes, especially circles! She also loves making crafts, playing with blocks, and singing. Her favorite song is “Sunny Days.” She creates new and inventive ways of playing with her friends, such as “boing” tag. Julia enjoys movement such as jumping and bouncing. She eats her bananas with a fork. Her favorite toy is her stuffed bunny, Fluffster. Julia also has an older brother and a pet dog.
Julia is diagnosed with Autism. This means she finds new and creative ways to communicate and play with her friends and family.
Julia is awesome because she is brave, curious, and silly. She overcomes obstacles and moves outside her comfort zone to make friends with friendly monsters and fairies who live at Sesame Street. She does things even though she might be a little bit worried or anxious about them and continues to show her strength and kind nature.
Julia, we know your story will touch hearts all over the world. May you open dialogue and find ways to celebrate our differences with families around the world. We know you will move mountains and, at the same time, you are just one of the Sesame Street gang, enjoying life with your friends and family. We are so thankful for the gift of YOU!
Julia is #JustLikeYou
Julia's biography above is a result of interviews we conducted with Stacey Gordon, Julia's puppeteer and with Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, the Senior VP of Community and Family Engagement at SesameWorkshop. Stay tuned to Project: Just Like You to learn more about the amazing work they do for Sesame Street's inclusion programs!** Julia is an inspiration and brings hope for families across the world who have children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other special needs as well as parents of neurotypical children who can learn about people with special needs in a safe way.