Sesame Street first debuted their friend Julia, a redheaded muppet with autism, in April 2017

By Jen Juneau
April 01, 2019 12:40 PM

Meet Julia‘s family!

Sesame Street announced Monday that it will introduce viewers to the loved ones of their character Julia, who has autism, in honor of Autism Awareness Month.

The creative gang includes Julia’s older brother Sam, her mom (who is an art teacher), her dad (who plays the saxophone) and her pup, Rose.

“We know families that have children on the spectrum, they face unique challenges. But more importantly, there’s so much they share,” Sesame Workshop‘s Senior Vice President for U.S. Social Impact, Jeanette Betancourt, told Good Morning America about the initiative.

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According to Good Morning America, Julia’s Sesame Street pals had lots to say about what they’ve learned from her in the two years since she joined the show.

Julia and her family on Sesame Street
RICHARD TERMINE/Sesame Workshop

“Julia has autism,” said Elmo, GMA reports. “And that makes Julia different … But it’s really cool that everybody’s a little bit different but same, too. And Elmo and Julia have a lot in common, and we have a lot of fun together.”

GMA states that Julia’s brother Sam told the outlet “just because” his sister “doesn’t respond — doesn’t mean she doesn’t want to be friends,” and noted that “it may take a few tries to get to know Julia.”

Abby with Julia and her family on Sesame Street
RICHARD TERMINE/Sesame Workshop

Sesame Workshop’s President of Global Impact and Philanthropy, Sherrie Westin, said in a statement provided to GMA that they are “thrilled to expand Julia’s world with her parents, big brother and her adorable dog, Rose, in our new resources.”

“Children with autism often face unique challenges, as do their parents and siblings. But every family faces challenges of some sort, which is why we are focusing on what all families have in common,” she added.

“In a family, everyone has different roles, challenges and strengths, and everyone can learn from one another,” Westin said.

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