Growing up, I was obsessed with Emma, my favorite Cabbage Patch doll. At that time, there weren’t many other dolls like me, so during one of my surgeries, my doctor put casts on both of Emma’s legs. Sure, it was a relatively small gesture, but it made me happy to think, “HEY! Emma has glasses and casts just like me!”
Well, some 25 years later, it’s nice to see a new line of dolls carrying on the tradition. It all started with Toy Like Me, a Facebook campaign advocating for more diversity in the toy industry, especially when it comes to children and disabilities. Parents also shared photos of the makeovers they gave their children’s dolls to make them more relatable, and when Makies, a UK doll maker, got wind of the campaign, a new line of exclusive accessories was born! The dolls, which can come with accessories like hearing assistance devices and walking aids, can also be customized according to skin tone, hairstyle and facial features.
And the best news? Makies is now working on a character that uses a wheelchair! What a wonderful doll! It’s so important for children with disabilities to feel included and feel like they’re represented, and these dolls would really help them cope. They’d have something to comfort them as they go through all those scary medical moments.
Aren’t these dolls awesome, friends? I love the prospect of a simple doll breaking down disability stereotypes and myths. This could be the ultimate teaching tool. Way to go, Makies! xoxo