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First Line Of Dolls With Disabilities Launches To Worldwide Applause

Published on January 29, 2016 by   ·   3 Comments Pin It

Met by worldwide applause, toymaker Makies has released a line of dolls with customizable disabilities. Makies uses 3D-printing technology to create hearing aids, walking aids, facial birthmarks, and other customizable differences for the dolls.


Makies The First Line Of Dolls with Disabilities
They were inspired by a social media campaign, Toy Like Me that requested parents DIY customize their child’s toys to make them look like their children and then to post them online. #ToyLikeMe® was established in April 2015 after UK journalist Rebecca Atkinson noticed the lack of disability representation in toys. Rebecca had spent nearly 20 years working in TV production and print journalism (including Children’s BBC) and had always been interested in the way these industries represent disabled people, but this was the first time she had noticed the lack of representation in the toy industry. She called on some fellow mothers, and with their help, launched #ToyLikeMe on Facebook and Twitter to call on the global toy industry to start representing the 150 million disabled children worldwide.

Toy Like Me

We applaud this, though don’t know how we feel about American Girl‘s new diabetic care kit, since childhood diabetes childhood  can often be cured with diet and has risen to epidemic proportions in the US.

That said, this is all a very beautiful thing for children who are different.

How to support?

Rebecca of Toy Like Me is calling for donations to turn her social media sensation into an online hub for parents of disabled kids.

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Hearing Aid Customized Doll via ToysLikeMe

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Readers Comments (3)

  1. Melody Roper says:

    My granddaughter has frontal lobe grand mal seizures. DO you have any doll that represents this type medical issue. She’s had 2 and is only just turned 9. She’s on meds 24/7 and has a protocol set up at school.

  2. Melody Roper says:

    I pray all kinds of issues for kids are taken care of one day. I used to pass out all the time & kids made fun of me, then I got glasses and everybody called me 4 hours. I don’t think there are many children who don’t get picked on for med. issues. I would love to see them all eradicated. No one is better than anybody else. Any feedback would be helpful. I love your ideas. Why couldn’t someone come up with this at the beginning of time to stop it in it’s tracks?

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