Mom's post about dolls with disabilities shows why 'representation matters'

Lindsay Filcik says it is important for children with disabilities, like her daughter, to see themselves represented in the toys they play with.

11/29/2020 2:29:00 AM

'Every single human being deserves to see somebody who looks like them in movies, books, commercials, and toys. Unfortunately for far too long that has not been the case ... Representation matters!'

Lindsay Filcik says it is important for children with disabilities, like her daughter, to see themselves represented in the toys they play with.

Lindsay FilcikRepresentation matters.That's the reason behind one mom's viral post about dolls with disabilities. Her daughter, Ivy, has Down syndrome and now has a doll that looks just like her.Lindsay Filcik told"Good Morning America" she believes it is important for children with disabilities to see themselves represented in the toys they play with.

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Her post has nearly 18,000 likes so far. She wrote in part,"Every single human being deserves to see somebody who looks like them in movies, books, commercials, and toys. Unfortunately for far too long that has not been the case. People of all races, abilities, body types, genders, religions, etc. need to be represented in what we watch, read, and play with. Recently we are seeing steps to remedy this problem in the media and I appreciate that! Representation matters!"

MORE: Fauci says Santa has 'innate immunity,' won't spread COVID-19 for ChristmasShe continued:"Imagine being a child with a disability and all you ever see are typical, able bodied children. What message does that send you about yourself? That you are ‘abnormal’. That you are not worthy of being shown to the world. I know you’re reading this cringing inside, because of course no child should ever be made to feel that way. Lack of representation also hurts those children who are represented. They grow up with the incredibly skewed perception that everybody looks like them. And anybody who doesn’t isn’t ‘normal’ and should be feared. That my friends is how racism and ableism can be perpetuated in our kids without us even realizing it. Representation matters!" headtopics.com

The Grand Rapids, Michigan, mom's post includes two other girls playing with dolls who have disabilities similar to their own.MORE: As kids watch more YouTube, some parents consider deleting it all togetherShe wrote,"Look at these beautiful girls. Each one is represented by a doll that looks like them. Ivy has Down syndrome. Her doll looks just like her with almond shaped eyes and a button nose! Our friend Eliza has Spina Bifida. Her doll has forearm crutches (or sticks as Eliza says) & AFOs just like her! Our friend Stella has Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Her doll has a wheelchair just like her! Representation matters!"

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Have y'all not seen simon birch for example.....there are movies of special need children you got to do research and find them This is so awesome 😊 boyscout1966 YES!!!!! You see real niggus don’t need to see someone like them doing something, they’ll just go out at do it Beautiful 🥰 This is so sweet. No one “deserves” anything.

This is sweet. But how does this doll “look” like it has Down Syndrome? It looks like any other non-disabled doll. TheObamanista She’s precious such a sweetheart 🥰 True statement on so many levels. So now we get TRANSYGENDERS,TREE FROGS,STOP SIGNS,and ZOMBIES on TV then? Wow! That is just brilliant! They are both Dolls! Gorgeous.

'Her post has nearly 18000 likes so far...' Thats it? This touches my heart. Wrong. You don't get to tell others what to do, create, sell, or what not to do, create, sell. Nazi ideology. Just sit down. Could you expand on your use of the word 'deserves' here? Wonder how you justify such an obviously stupid statement.

Absolutely true! Says who? So sadd bless you baby girl 👶 NARRATOR: Literally nobody 'deserves' this. this is terrible news