24 deaf children in York were gifted their very own Toylikeme at the weekend at the Lollipop Christmas party. The #ToyLIkeMe Campaign was thrilled when the World’s First Fashion Doll with Cochlear Implant Hit the Shelves! Even more so now; as children in York have been gifted their very own doll. Kindly sponsored by the York and Ainsty Rotary clubs.
Hannah aged 6 from York is loving her doll. “ It’s doll just like me!” she squealed in excitement. Her mum told us that, last night her new doll was put to bed next to her hearing dog teddy. “It was the perfect Santa gift, thank you”
Karen, Co Founder of Toylikme who lives in York hopes this is just the start. “ We are campaigning for other to toy companies to design toys that reflect children will other disabilities. My son is visually impaired and he is hoping for a Santa sledge this Christmas being pulled by Guide dogs!”
Lottie Dolls becomes the first global toy brand to back the viral #ToyLikeMe campaign with the release of the world's first fashion doll with a cochlear implant! “There are 150 million disabled children worldwide who have been waiting for positive toy box representation.
Thanks to Lottie dolls, change is finally coming,” says #ToyLikeMe founder Rebecca Atkinson who wears hearing aids herself. “When I was growing up in the 80s, I never saw any deaf characters in toys, books or on TV. What does this say to kids? This Mia doll is my childhood dream come true. I’m so happy, I’m like a kid at Christmas! I hope it will help many deaf children grow positive self esteem to see their experiences included by the mainstream toy industry.”
The Lottie Mia photographer doll has a body based on an average nine-year-old girl. She doesn’t wear makeup, high heels or jewellery, but she does have long glossy hair to style, a cool camera and a COCHLEAR IMPLANT! The groundbreaking doll has been created in response to the #ToyLikeMe campaign and is the first to carry the official Loved by #ToyLikeMe endorsement.
Psychologist Dr Sian Jones from Goldsmiths, University of London has studied the effects of playing with toys with disabilities on the attitudes of non-disabled children and has found that, as well has helping grow positive self esteem for deaf and disabled children, toys like the Lottie Mia doll can help non-disabled children grow more open minds too. Interviewing hundreds of children, she found that after playing with toys like the Mia doll, children were more open to forming friendships with peers with disability and difference. “This kind of incidental toy box representation from a brand like Lottie speaks volumes about inclusion,” says Atkinson,, “It can really help change the attitudes of a generation.”