Why We Love These Dolls With Disabilities

15 May 2015

Dolls With Disabilities
If you’ve ever despaired at the dolls on offer in the toy aisle, you might be hearted to hear that a British toy manufacturer has launched a new range of dolls - with disabilities.

Metro reports:

"After a campaign for ‘greater diversity in the toybox’ went viral on social media, a British toy manufacturer has created a new range of dolls with disabilities."

"As well as models with walking sticks and hearing impairments, Makie has come up with toys bearing birthmarks and scars."

The new line of dolls - which will eventually also include a doll in a wheelchair, and includes the world's first doll with a facial birthmark - was created following in response to the #ToyLikeMe campaign which went viral on social media sites earlier this year.

The campaign was "initiated by parents of disabled children to makeover toys in a call for a better representation and diversity in the toy box", according to the Huffington Post. You can check out the campaign on Facebook, here.

The dolls cost £69 - I know, I know - but Makie custom-make each doll for its owner, and thus no two dolls are the same.

I was delighted to read about this - it never ceases to amaze me that the toy market has been so slow to adapt to the public’s appetite for toys that celebrate difference and champion diversity. I’m already a big fan of Lottie dolls, which are based on a child’s actual proportions, don’t wear make-up or jewellery and - get this - can actually stand on their own two feet. Eat that, Barbie.

But I think the idea of creating custom-made dolls that reflect children’s disabilities and differences is a much-needed further step. I can’t speak for anyone else’s children but I know that my own have at times struggled with what it means to be perceived as different, and anything that helps drive home the message to kids that conformity is over-rated, is a winner in my book.

But we’d love to hear your views on the Makie dolls. If you have a child with a disability, do you think a Makie doll would earn a place in your toy box?

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5 comments

  • 247933
    My youngest had a large port wine birthmark on her face and I love these dolls, she would feel so special having a doll that's as special as her x
  • mrstrafford
    What a shame they are so expensive they should be more accessible to all
  • charmummy
    I think this is an amazing idea children need to grow up to realise and understand that everybody is different and that everybody is beautiful. My son has 5 strawberry birthmarks including1 on his forehead. He has two older sisters and i happily let him play with their barbies and my little ponies if he wants to. I would consider buying one for him. I think these dolls would be great to have in nurseries and hospitals. No child should grow up to feel ashamed of the way they look or be discriminated or judged for having a disability. We live in a soceity today where children mimic social media and grow up to believe they should look like a perfect barbie doll, this is amazing!!! Excellent idea xx
  • Clpink85
    It's good to see that the toy market is embracing disabilities and will teach children that they are just as "normal" (I don't like this word!!!) as the next child without disabilities but why are they all female...it would Be nice to see male dolls with disabilities as well as female
  • Livvi2014
    My 7 month old daughter has a port wine birthmark on her face & I think These dolls are a fantastic idea They should be in all nurserys schools & hospital to help educate children that a disability is nothing to be ashamed of & each & every one is precious & unique in their own way I do agree they are a bit pricey but a great learning aide for a child to have

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