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LOS ANGELES (CBSMiami/AP) — Sesame Street has a new friend on the block. Her name is Julia and she has autism.

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The Sesame Workshop said Wednesday that the character is being introduced as part of an initiative to take the stigma out of autism. The initiative also is aimed at helping those who deal with the developmental disorder.

Julia will be included in digital and printed story books featuring Sesame Workshop characters including Elmo and Abby.

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She will be portrayed as a girl who “does things a little differently” when playing with her Muppet friends, the workshop said.

The new initiative, called “See Amazing in All Children,” will provide educational resources about autism to teachers and others. It also will offer tools for handling everyday activities to families touched by it.

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