Sunday, September 22, 2013

Special Needs LEGO

We are seeing an increasing number of toys and characters on the market that reflect the portion of our population with special needs. There are dolls with Down Syndrome, dolls with cancer, dolls with amputationscartoons with characters with special needs and kids' shows that feature characters in wheelchairs or with hearing aids etc. It is a welcome move to bring about awareness and to increase inclusion for this section of society.

LEGO is also reaching out with sets such as this Doctor's Clinic. It may not specifically address special needs as such, but the inclusion of a wheelchair means that mini-figures can now cover both ambulatory and wheelchair users. Even better than this, is the following design submitted to the Cuusoo community:

CUUSOO is a Japanese partner of The LEGO Group. They work with the LEGO Group to produce community supported sets. If an idea submitted to the website gains 10,000 (originally 1000) supporters, it stands a chance of being produced as an official LEGO product.

Perhaps you or your child will be inspired to submit  your own design one day to bring about better awareness of your own child's special needs. ~ Cas

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Cas loves playing with Lego toys but she does not love stepping on them in the middle of the night.

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