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mashable.com - 64 days ago

A puppeteer's personal story about bringing Sesame Street's first autistic Muppet to life

It was a Thursday evening, and puppeteer Stacey Gordon was hard at work in her Phoenix, Arizona studio when she received the call of a lifetime.
Matt Vogel, Sesame Street's Muppet Captain and Big Bird understudy, called to let Gordon know that the show's producers picked her to play Julia, the first-ever autistic Muppet and a new addition to the broadcast. The call left her stunned — so much so, she almost couldn't absorb the news. "I thought he said a different name," Gordon says, laughing. "And then I was like, 'Wait. That was my name.'" Now, as both a puppeteer and mom of a 13-year-old autistic boy, she's "thrilled and indescribably honored" to operate a Muppet who will bring more awareness and compassion around autism into millions of children's homes. Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, announced Sunday that Julia would join the program's regular cast.
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