A well-known children's TV program is trying to raise awareness of an often misunderstood childhood condition.

FOX's Pat O'Neill has more:

Julia, a new Muppet coming to Sesame Street has bright red hair, green eyes and autism.

Julia has existed in print and digital illustrations for more than a year as part of an initiative by the Sesame Workshop called "Sesame Street and Autism: See amazing in all children."

Now, she's about to have her TV debut. Julia's also been the centerpiece of a storybook, videos, e-books, an app and website to promote a better understanding of what the "Autism Speaks Advocacy" group describes as a range of conditions affecting speech and non-verbal communication as well as social skills.

The "Meet Julia" episode of Sesame Street will air April 10 on PBS and HBO. More videos featuring Julia will be available online.

Pat O'Neill, FOX News.