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Have you heard about a little girl’s petition to the American Girl Doll Powers That Be for an American Girl Doll with a disability? I am In AWE of this brave girl. The American Girl people have made some strides in that direction with their “Special Sparkle” accessories, such as a hearing aid and a guide dog. Now, 10-year-old Melissa Shang wants an American Girl doll with a disability. Melissa has Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a form of muscular dystrophy that leaves her unable to get around without either a wheel chair or a walker. Melissa, with the help of her sister, made this youtube video and has a petition up at Change.org for an American Girl Doll with a disability.
You have to watch the video. I hope the American Girl Doll people are listening. With all the different types of American Girl dolls out there, one with a disability would be a great addition to their list. In Melissa’s petition, she wrote:
Being a disabled girl is hard. Muscular Dystrophy prevents me from activities like running and ice-skating, and all the stuff that other girls take for granted. For once, I don’t want to be invisible or a side character that the main American Girl has to help: I want other girls to know what it’s like to be me, through a disabled American Girl’s story.
How can you not sign Melissa’s petition after that? It’s still up at Change.org!