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Woman makes "Dolls Like Me" for kids with disabilities


These days, children's toys and dolls are more inclusive than ever. Gone are the days when Barbie was just a tall blonde obsessed with shopping, in are the days where Barbie is boxing champion Nicola Adams and championing for marriage equality.  

But one area where most toys still lag behind is in representing people with disabilities. Amy Jandrisevits, a former social worker in a pediatric oncology unit, knows how much dolls mean to kids battling illness. 

"In my time working with the kids," she writes. "I used dolls in play therapy to help the children express themselves. Dolls are therapeutic in so many ways — ways that I'm not sure we fully understand. It is a human likeness and by extension, a representation of the child who loves it."