By GENEVIEVE SHAW BROWN, ABC Information
(NEW YORK) — Illustration issues.
That is the rationale behind one mother’s viral post about dolls with disabilities. Her daughter, Ivy, has Down syndrome and now has a doll that appears similar to her.
Lindsay Filcik informed ABC Information’ Good Morning America she believes it is vital for kids with disabilities to see themselves represented within the toys they play with.
Her put up has practically 18,000 likes to date. She wrote partly, “Each single human being deserves to see anyone who seems like them in motion pictures, books, commercials, and toys. Sadly for much too lengthy that has not been the case. Individuals of all races, skills, physique varieties, genders, religions, and so on. should be represented in what we watch, learn, and play with. Lately we’re seeing steps to treatment this downside within the media and I respect that! Illustration issues!”
She continued: “Think about being a baby with a incapacity and all you ever see are typical, in a position bodied kids. What message does that ship you about your self? That you’re ‘irregular’. That you’re not worthy of being proven to the world. I do know you’re studying this cringing inside, due to course no baby ought to ever be made to really feel that approach. Lack of illustration additionally hurts these kids who’re represented. They develop up with the extremely skewed notion that everyone seems like them. And anyone who doesn’t isn’t ‘regular’ and ought to be feared. That my buddies is how racism and ableism might be perpetuated in our youngsters with out us even realizing it. Illustration issues!”
The Grand Rapids, Michigan, mother’s put up contains two different ladies enjoying with dolls who’ve disabilities just like their very own.
She wrote, “Have a look at these stunning ladies. Each is represented by a doll that appears like them. Ivy has Down syndrome. Her doll seems similar to her with almond formed eyes and a button nostril! Our good friend Eliza has Spina Bifida. Her doll has forearm crutches (or sticks as Eliza says) & AFOs similar to her! Our good friend Stella has Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Her doll has a wheelchair similar to her! Illustration issues! “
Filick informed GMA the put up has been effectively acquired by mother and father of each disabled and non-disabled youngsters.
“A number of mother and father of kids who do not have disabilities informed me they’re including a doll with a incapacity to their youngsters’ Christmas lists,” she mentioned. “They’d simply by no means considered it earlier than.”
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