Monday, July 9th, 2007
Roundup of Dolls with Disabilities
It’s important for kids to have a doll that looks like them. The common thinking is that dolls affect a child’s perception of identity, everything from concepts of beauty to self-esteem. I say "child" instead of "girl" because, at least in the toddler years, boys play with dolls, too.
So without any further fuss, here are a few dolls not commonly found in stores.
Ethnic Disability Dolls sold by BIndependentâ€”These 15-inch soft-bodied dolls are machine washable, coming in white, black, Asian and Hispanic versions. It’s their optional accessories that make them truly special:
- Seeing eye dog and cane
- Leg braces
- Eye glasses
- Darkened eye glasses
- Hearing aid
Sew Able Dolls by Sew Dolling are 18-inch vinyl-and-cloth dolls that are sold in a variety of combinations for kids with prosthetic limbs or who are undergoing physical therapy or chemotherapy.
The base doll is white-skinned and has an above- or below-the-knee prosthetic leg. Its head is optionally hairless for use with a wig and hat.
- Metal wheelchair
- Arm braces
- Trampoline (physical therapy)
- Gym mat and Swiss therapy balls
- Parallel bars
- Plaid suitcase
Multi-Ethnic School Dolls by Lakeshore. These 16-inch all-vinyl dolls with realistic features are designed for preschoolers. They come in white, black, Asian, Hispanic and Native American and also handle disabilities with optional accessories.
Any doll can be fitted with adaptive equipment including a wheelchair, guide dog and cane, protective helmet, eye glasses or hearing aid.
A competing Down syndrome doll line is made by HEST of Europe.