Dolls with Down Syndrome - in darker skin tones. #whynot
We want to add a selection of 4 darker skin dolls with DS to the family. It's only fair, gives choice and reflects diversity.
Dolls with Down Syndrome
We have a little Educational shop in Australia called Starfish, with a large range of educational games & resources with a focus on disabilities, special and sensory needs.
We stock a range of much loved gorgeous dolls with Down Syndrome.
The story behind this project....
After a Facebook post on the dolls went viral we were contacted by hundreds of people from around the world (mostly from USA) asking if we had these same dolls but with darker skin tones.
Fair question. The disappointment and frustration (when we informed everyone that the manufacturer only made them in a fair skin range) was palpable.
Shouldn't everyone be able to have a doll that resembles themselves?
Shouldn't dolls in therapy and early education settings reflect inclusion and celebrate difference?
It got me thinking #whynot
I wondered if we could get them made in darker skin tones and with differing hair colours and styles to better cater for this need.
So, I contacted my supplier who said "YES" it would be possible to have the dolls made with the same features but with differing skin tones and hair. The catch is, the manufacturer insists that I purchase a complete product run for every single doll. And, each change means a full product run for that one doll. It is possible!
What we want to create
What I want to do with this project is to create 4 new dolls with Down Syndrome:
- Boy with darker skin tone and short, dark tight curly hair
- Boy with darker skin tone and short dark hair
- Girl with darker skin tone and long dark tight curly hair
- Girl with darker skin tone and long dark hair
How to help
There are lots of pledge options. All help is appreciated - little or large.
Join in the fun, and get the feel-good vibes from being part of a team doing some good and bringing this important inclusive project to fruition.
If you believe in the project, we would be ever so grateful if you share on social media, too.
Let's bring these dolls to life!
Risks and challenges
Because these dolls have never been made before and because the manufacturer will not do a single product sample trial, the risk is around making sure the skin tone and hair style is exactly what we're after - as once the order is submitted then I'll be committed!
I plan to work closely with the manufacturer to ensure the colour and hair is on point. I can do this by going to the factory itself, selecting skin tones and hair styles from other dolls in other ranges and communicating directly with the manufacturer in person.
The time frame for production is expected to be a month after a final order is submitted and then shipping may take two months. I have allowed plenty of time to cover hiccups and delays to avoid any disappointment. As a result, the dolls may actually be delivered ahead of time.
- (45 days)