New dolls with disabilities bring diversity to toy shelves

By Maria Kyriacou

Social media campaign inspires toys children with special needs can relate to.

A British toy manufacturer Makies, has designed a new range of differently abled dolls using 3D-printing technology, in response to a social media campaign.

The #ToyLikeMe hashtag went viral, with people posting home-modified versions of dolls that children with disabilities could relate to.

The dolls come with accessories including walking sticks and hearing aids and one of the dolls features a birthmark on her face.
Makies are running a trial creating made-to-order birthmark dolls.Upcoming designs will see characters in wheelchairs and k-frames.

Organisations supporting people with disabilities were quick to express their support and excitement at the news.



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