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So, What's all the fuss About Dolls with Disabilities?

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I recently read an article, in MacLeans Magazine, (a CDN weekly news mag),
about life like baby dolls that have the characteristics of a person with disabilities, Downs Syndrome, polio, head injury and cancer.

Apparently, some people and organizations are not quite sure these Disability Dolls are a good idea. They seem to be concerned that people will get even more stereotypical ideas about persons with disabilities or physically challenged people. They are concerned that creating dolls that have ALL the symptoms of Downs Syndrome, is mis-representing persons with Downs, when in reality, not ALL the symptoms are always present in every person. Others have two or three disorders to contend with & have a vast array of visible & invisible disabilities.

OMG! The courage of some of the young people I have had the good fortune to know is beyond comprehension. If some dolls will have too many symptoms and are thereby misrepresenting kids without that many, then of course, the other side of that coin is that the very same doll will not have nearly enough symptoms to fairly represent the children with more symptoms, it sometimes seems, than there is child!

What to do?

It seems to me, that we are just trying way too hard to be perfect in a world gone just wild with unstoppable imperfection. The little life like dolls with disabilities, with their wheelchairs, bandaging and diverse features are just the newest baby doll members of a new, up and coming world, where differences will NOT be a cause for fear in kids or adults, but a cause for awe, wonder, respect & celebration. If the disabled reborn dolls do not perfectly represent all the fantastic individuals that make up our population of people with disabilities, then that too can be part of the message:

We do not need perfect people. We do not even want them. We do not need perfect dolls to represent our diversity. What this planet needs is for all the real kids of the whole world, of any size, shape, colour or style, to feel represented, respected, cherished & included by every other kid and adult. And, we need every single kid to know this: Each individual child and ALL the other kids WILL be respected, represented, cherished & included, regardless of how their face, hands, hair, eyes or any other facet of their body, gender or person is expressed. Every child will be loved just the same by every other.

To all the reborn artists out there: Thank you for your artists hearts, that see this need and respond by using your creativity to make the world a place of love & acceptance & respect for everyone.
God Bless
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Since writing the article above, I have been searching for suppliers or creators of reborn baby dolls with the many diverse features of the full spectrum of human children, including-downs syndrome babies, differently-abled babies, gay, middle-sex & transgendered babies and millions of babies with millions of unique features.
It is more difficult than you would think, but I am still working on it. I think that possibly the reborn doll artists became a little intimidated by the goofy controversy that sprang up over this issue.
I have a solution for the challenge of creating dolls that will please all the different factions in this discussion. Some are complaining that the disability dolls either do not have all the features. Others complain that not all the Downs kids have all of the features and it is stereotyping them one way or another.
The solution: Well it was an idea that came from God. Each disabled doll shall be created different, unique and equal; no two alike and a wide variation of features and characteristics to include the entire rainbow of diversity.
We will also need to make gay and transgendered reborn dolls, I should think, as these totally awesome special people seem to be arriving in ever increasing numbers and announcing themselves at a very young age of 1 - 2 years of age. These children also need to see themselves reflected in our society, art & culture.
It is up to the reborn doll artists to keep on widening the spectrum of humanity until it includes everyone all the way around until we come back to the beginning again. Full Circle. Full Account. Proper Amount. Everyone Included.

Love & Peace
Diane
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