Kids With Disabilities Can Finally Get a Doll That Looks Like Them

Dolls are often criticised for their unrealistic representations of girls' bodies. Disabled girls get a double whammy: not only are the body shapes unrealistic, but there are no bodies out there that even remotely resemble their own. That may be changing thanks to a company called Makies, which creates dolls with disabilities using 3-D technology.


From vascular birthmarks across the face to dolls with canes for walking or dolls with hearing aids, Makies has a ton of pre-made versions, plus their boy and girl dolls can be customized -- right down to hands doing various signs from ASL.

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Children with disabilities have a hard enough time as it is growing up with a different body; they may be the only disabled child in their school or even the only one in their community.

Disabled children rarely if ever see themselves represented in the media, and when they do it is usually to report a tragedy or tell a story of heroics. They don't get to see themselves as a normal, accepted part of the world. More efforts like Makies dolls can help change that.

In 2012, Katie Driscoll, the mother of a child with Down Syndrome, created the website The Changing Face of Beauty, which works with over 90 companies to include more disabled children in their advertisements. As Driscoll said on The Today Show last year:

We are influenced by imagery...The more people are exposed to individuals that might be deemed different, the more comfortable they will be and more opportunity will open up for all people living with a disability.

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More representations of disability not only a provide a confidence boost for disabled children themselves, but also normalizes differences for the general public. And if that can help an already burdened child live life a little more fearlessly, then I am all for it.

Would you buy a disabled doll for your child?

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