This quote from Stacey Gordon, Sesame Street puppeteer and mother of a child with autism, says it all about the introduction of Julia, a muppet with autism:
"It means that our kids are important enough to be seen in society. Having Julia on the show and seeing all of the characters treat her with compassion. It’s important for kids without autism to see what autism can look like." RHD supports a number of programs for adults and children with autism
, supporting their ability to develop life skills and achieve independence.