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Dolls with disabilities find a bigger audience

Children with medical conditions and disabilities can now play with dolls that reflect their lives. Several grassroots campaigns have been floating the idea of making dolls with disabilities and a few toy companies have taken the lead.

In the United States, the American Girl line of dolls has launched a diabetes care kit after a girl with diabetes began a petition asking for one for her doll.

In Britain, Playmobil has started work on creating a line of dolls with disabilities in response to a campaign called Toy Like Me started by Rebecca Atkinson who began making accessories such as hearing aids for dolls.

Several smaller toy companies are also responding to the demand for such dolls and accessories. A company called Makies creates hearing aids and canes for their custom-made dolls and Weesie Pals makes stuffed animals with underdeveloped ears and cleft lips.

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