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Wheelchair Barbie is So Important for Children (and adults) with Disabilities

My eyes are bad, and I’m pretty sure I’m seeing double.

A big step in disability inclusion is disability representation in media and material things.

Way to go, Barbie , for making this beautiful girl and helping her roll onto store shelves nationwide (worldwide, maybe? A girl can dream).





With her sleek, jewel-toned chair, this fashionista is joining in the important imaginative play of thousands of kiddos, (and the occasional 33-year-old woman), to teach them togetherness and to normalize diversity.

This toy is more than favorite plaything or pastime; this toy is a tool for teaching kids how to be comfortable and compassionate towards their peers who may not look, move, and live the way they do.

Mostly, this girl, with a pretty smile and confident pose, is helping thousands of kids who have disabilities and use wheelchairs celebrate who they are; when they hold this Barbie in their hand, and when they roll her wheelchair around their living room floor, they will begin to understand that they are not alone and that they are not the only kid whose body is different. They will know that different is not wrong, that they are exactly who they are supposed to be.

No matter how bad my eyes may be, it is clear that good change is happening; I want to see more of it. Toy companies, be like Barbie.


Written by Mollie Miller

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