I FIRST READ about the #toylikeme campaign in the news last year, highlighting the lacking representation of disabled people by the global toy industry.
With big toymaker LEGO launching its wheelchair mini figure, I see it as a progression in inclusive play – something the disabled rights movement would be supportive of. For children who are wheelchair-users, it would be heartening to be reflected in everyday toys. Affirming to note that they are not society’s outcasts. It may also provide insight to children without disabilities of the existence of those with special needs. Perhaps even cultivate a positive attitude if they meet such someones in real-life.
After all, not everyone is mainstream. And our greatest strength as a human race, is acknowledging that differences and celebrating them.
A thumbs-up! 👍