Mom’s Post About Dolls With Disabilities Shows Why ‘Representation Matters’

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For children who are born with disabilities, the world can be a pretty tough place.

So, of course, representing these disabilities in children’s toys and dolls is of the utmost importance and, recently, one mom explained this perfectly.

Here’s the full story…

If a child looks a little different from their peers, they are more likely to be divided from the group.

It’s a sad reality that some children, from very young ages, hold a cruel streak.  

And what is that?

For disabled children, being able to see yourself in a doll can make a whole world of difference.

Etsy is full to the brim with all kinds of dolls perfect for young children living with both physical and mental ailments.

And, recently, one mom spoke out about the huge difference these dolls have made upon a series of children who suffer from conditions such as Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, and Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

And the internet is absolutely loving it.

It’s truly a heartwarming story.

“Happy #MoreInclusiveMonday friends! Today I’m sharing about something that has become incredibly important to me. Representation. Every single human being deserves to see somebody who looks like them in movies, books, commercials, and toys. Unfortunately for far too long that has not been the case. People of all races, abilities, body types, genders, religions, etc. need to be represented in what we watch, read, and play with. Recently we are seeing steps to remedy this problem in the media and I appreciate that! Representation matters!”

“Lack of representation also hurts those children who are represented. They grow up with the incredibly skewed perception that everybody looks like them. And anybody who doesn’t isn’t ‘normal’ and should be feared. That my friends is how racism and ableism can be perpetuated in our kids without us even realizing it. Representation matters!”

“Look at these beautiful girls. Each one is represented by a doll that looks like them. Ivy has Down syndrome. Her doll looks just like her with almond shaped eyes and a button nose! Our friend Eliza has Spina Bifida. Her doll has forearm crutches (or sticks as Eliza says) & AFOs just like her! Our friend Stella has Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Her doll has a wheelchair just like her! Representation matters! What can you do? Let brands know when you appreciate their inclusivity and when you believe they need to make a change. Buy inclusive books & toys like this for your able bodied, typical children. Let them play with toys that represent all types of humans! Representation matters!”

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