British toy maker introduces range of dolls with disabilities

Parents of children with disabilities have been pleading with toy manufacturers to make dolls that reflect their kids’ disabilities and one British toy maker has responded.

“We put a bunch of things on hold and jumped into designing toy hearing aids, toy walking aids, working out how to do facial birthmarks,” the toy maker says on its website, adding that it’s working on a toy wheelchair also.

Parents behind the Toy Like Me campaign have been calling for a makeover of children’s toys and campaigning for large manufacturers to make the toy industry more inclusive of kids with disabilities.

Unsatisfied with what’s available to buy, the campaign has been giving big-brand dolls home makeovers, modifying them so they positively reflect disability and posting those images on social media to inspire other parents, and more importantly big toy makers, to do similar.