Can Toys Change the Way Disability is Perceived?

Photo of injured man with crutchesWhat was your favorite toy as a child? Was it a car, or maybe an action figure, or perhaps it was a Barbie? Well, a lot of those toys are still around for your children to enjoy, but were those toys as perfect as we remember? In an effort to make kids toys better, one man has developed a new type of doll, and it’s meant to be inclusive.

Will Toys Change the Way Disability is Perceived?

Nickolay Lamm designed a new type of fashion doll called Lammily. These toys were designed to represent a what normal people look like, and have acquired the nickname “Normal Barbie.” So far the toys have been well received, but Lamm wasn’t done with simply providing the world with more human-like dolls.

To make this dolls even more accessible to children, Lamm is creating a wheelchair accessory for his line of dolls. He says that the wheelchair accessory will expose kids with disabilities to positive imagery and ableism. This will allow them to conquer the negative stigma’s that surround living with a disability.

To test his theory, Lamm took a prototype of the toy to a dance school for kids with disabilities. The toy received a warm welcome, and Lamm hopes the accessory can become a common addition to play time. Several years ago, Mattel—the makers of Barbie—released their own wheelchair accessory, but the toy was discontinued due to design issues. Lamm hopes his accessory can fill the gap left by that toy.

Do you think that a wheelchair accessory for toys is a good idea? Do you think something so simple could change the way America feels about disability? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook and Twitter. You can also learn more about issues in the disability community by reading our blog and keeping up with your Tulsa disability attorneys.

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