This week, Mattel proudly announced their new Barbie Fashionistas line which features dolls in a wheelchair and with prosthetic limbs.
With the brand launching in 1959, I’m surprised it took 60 years for Barbie to make this move, but better late than never. It warms my heart to know that more children will identify with this diverse collection.
In other big inclusivity wins recently, Emoji announced a new service dog and wheelchair emoji, coming soon.
If you know me, you know I spend my spare time listening to Britney Spears or watching dance choreography videos on YouTube. I was so pleasantly surprised to see dancers in wheelchairs performing a routine to 7 Rings by Ariana Grande. And it’s freakin’ amazing! Check it out for yourself.
As if this wasn’t enough to make my heart grow three sizes this week, fellow UCF Knight Shaquem Griffin, had an adorable interaction with a little boy who is also missing a hand. A video of the encounter has gone viral.
If you want to continue these good vibes and help promote inclusivity, check out Limbitless Solutions. Founded by UCF engineering students, Limbitless Solutions is a non-profit that leverages 3D printing to create “accessible, yet affordable personalized bionics and prosthetic partial arms for children with limb differences.” They are truly making an impact on so many lives and I am so proud of my alma mater.