According to one article written by Karen Wang, she explained how Lego toy helped children with special needs to develop and reinforce their play skills and social skills. She shared how Lego Therapy really works for those children. But how did the parents react when Lego created characters with wheelchairs and disability?
Rebecca Atkinson a journalist and campaigner lead a campaign to open this petition under the slogan of #toylikeme that attracts thousands and thousands of supporters. The goal is to positively represent children with disability. But when the Lego toy company released their first set of toy with a disability, they received a lot of reactions and opinions from the parents.
From the article Life, there is a statement from Rebecca Atkinson giving her opinion about the newly released toy. She said “We applaud Lego for producing a wheelchair using Duplo figure,” Atkinson said in a press release. “But it’s so disappointing that the only wheelchair using figure across all Lego products is an elderly person being pushed along by a younger figure. What does this say to children about disability?”
Some parents say that it is boring and wheelchairs don’t have moving wheels. Some also say that the wheelchairs looked like go-carts and mall cop scooters. It seems that not everyone is happy about it. But there are also parents who stay cool and very neutral about this issue. They say that we should just let our kids decide if it is cool or not. And a parent also says that they don’t have to build their child confidence centered around a plastic lego toy so that is totally fine for them.
How about you? What do you think about those Lego’s disability toy? Would you let your child play with those? Share it to us! Comment below.