Dolls with Disabilities
Kids need dolls and toys that resemble them. Sure, it’s great to have toys that you aspire to be, like an astronaut or scientist. But if every astronaut or scientist you see is an able-bodied white male, it changes the way a child thinks. If a child is disabled, they need disabled dolls and toys.
This is an older post that used to be called Dolls with Special Needs, but I am moving away from using the phrase Special Needs.
It’s so important for kids to see toys and dolls with disabilities. To have them play in their imaginary world and do things normalizes it for real life. Here are more than 25 dolls and action figures with disabilities.
I’ve also included accessories for toys and action figures you might already have, plus where to buy them. These disabled dolls and action figures are not always easy to find.
Admittedly, disabled dolls and dolls with wheelchairs were much easier to find in a female version than a male. But, still, I was excited to find one WWE wheelchair set, so disability toys for boys are out there!
Disability Awareness Dolls
American Girl–American Girl has a great assortment for kids. While I’ll admit that they are not cheap, they are super cute! You can buy a wheelchair, a walker, hearing aids and much more. If you keep scrolling down, you’ll see I have listed similar items at Toys R Us that are less expensive.
American Girl Wheelchair
Barbie– Barbie is finally getting it right and adding disabilities to the lineup.
Build a Bear– Build a bear has hearing aids and a few other accessories that you can add on to their existing dolls/stuffed animals. For example here is the $2 Hearing Aid you can buy and put on any stuffed animal.
And they have a seizure helmet! A seizure helmet!
Flaghouse– Is a toy/educational games make that offers the following accessories for dolls: Wheelchair, Vinyl Glasses, Forearm Crutches, Leg Braces, Walker, Seeing Eye Dog and Cane, and Dark Vinyl Glasses.
Lakeshore-Another great retailer of educational stuff, stimmy toys, sensory…you name it. They have a decent selection of disabled toys and dolls, I’ve put them here because they are available on Amazon.
Toys R Us–Toys R Us has a whole line called Journey Girls. Journey Girls has cool accessories like a wheelchair and a T1 insulin kit for dolls. Journey Girls is the same concept as American Girl dolls, but much more affordable!
Ok, obviously TRU is out of business, but Journey Girls is available on Amazon.
Shadow Buddies-Shadow Buddies don’t look very realistic as far as the face and body, but they have everything! They have g-tube dolls, seizure helmets, prosthetics, surgery, and much more.
Star Wars-I’ve heard that you can buy Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader with their prosthetic arms, but I could not find them.
Ringside Collectibles-I was so pleased to find this WWE toy! Take a look! If your kids have the WWE action figures, they can get accessories for them.
Etsy shop- AFOs for dolls?! Yes, please!
Fisher Price-This item you will likely only find via resale on Amazon or Ebay, but it’s super cool. I have it up above in the Amazon ad.
Barbie-Mattel used to offer Barbie items, but they took a lot of heat when the Barbie wheelchair didn’t fit in the Barbie dreamhouse. Oops! You can still find dolls and accessories, but again, look to Ebay and Amazon.
Last but not least, here are more disabled dolls and toys to choose from.
- DIVERSE FIGURE SET: Encourage open-mindedness and inclusivity through play with the diverse abilities friends figure set
- DURABLE: Solid vinyl construction stands up to daily use and will not be damaged if tossed, stomped on, chewed, or pounded
- EDUCATIONAL: Figure set adds inspiration and encourages social awareness to playtime
- SET OF 6: 6 figures with varying physical disabilities perfect for classrooms, daycares, or home play
- IDEAL SIZE: The tallest figure measures 5" tall, the perfect size for little ones to play with
- Helps children learn about disabilities, safety and community through creative play.
- Multicultural creative learning toys suitable for block play, day care and preschool.
- Each piece is 5" x 2" x 2"
- For ages 18m+
- Becky is a Special Edition Doll (1996). She sits in a purple wheelchair with pink cushion, arm rest, and handle grips
- She has red hair and is wearing a blue denim kirt and vest. Her pink legging adds extra color.
- This limited edition reborn baby doll is 100% handmade craftwork,with hand painting,Made of high quality silicone vinyl,Comfortable touch.Safe non-toxic, pure environmentally friendly materials.Size of the baby doll:20-22"".The doll Weight:about 2.6-3.0LB. Baby can fits into newborn size(0-3m) baby clothes.
- The head, 3/4 arms and 3/4 legs are made of soft silicone vinyl materials.The limbs are movable, the doll can sit and lay down easily.The skin is the most unique place of the lifelike baby doll, a lot of time is spent on baby's skin to make it look more realistic, multi-layer manufacturing process.Completely hand-drawn nails, redness of the nail bed and translucent nails, and even some nails life milky a half of moon shape. Weighted body for a real baby feel.
- The hair is handmade rooted mohair(fabric made from the real hair of the Angora goat). It can be washed.The hair can be any shape and fixed, just like a real baby's hair. The warm and humid lips look natural and soft that you cannot help but want to kiss.
- Eyes of the reborn baby doll are made of the high quality acrylic.The eyes can't blink and close. They look like a real baby's eyes, clear and bright, extremely realistic.
- Conforms to the safety requirements of ASTM F963 and EN71 for ages 3+. This baby doll is not only a toy for children,Best childhood playmates, she or he is a fine collectable to be enjoyed by adult collectors.
- A LIMITED EDITION Little Person Doll made in collaboration with SinÃad Burke
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- LOTTIE DOLLS are small dolls, making them the perfect size for little kids' hands.
- BEST SELLING BLONDE DOLL dressed for great outdoors in signature yellow raincoat & cute rain boots.
- KIDS WILL LOVE her dinky doll clothes including a cool t-shirt, corduroy shorts & striped leggings.
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- SOFT BABY DOLL WITH HAIR - Does your child insist on owning a doll with hair, but your not in for the big and expensive dolls? This doll is your answer!
- DETAILED FEATURES - Beautiful gentle to touch vinyl face, with big brown eyes and sweet natural expression
- TRENDY AND SAFE - This doll is safe for babies aged birth and up, all clothes are sewn on making this a perfect companion for babies
- 12 INCH SOFT BODY DOLL - Doll is soft and cuddly and the perfect size to hug, snuggle and cuddle
- GREAT GIFT - Ideal gift for every child. Buy for Christmas, Birthdays, or just to put a smile your little one’s face
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