First-ever LEGO with a Disability!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Feb. 3, 2016
  • 9 Comments
  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

LEGO in a wheelchair

My nephews are grown now, but when they were kids one of their favorite toys were LEGO® bricks. The boys had so much fun interlocking the tiny, colorful bricks to build all kinds of things — including “ramps” like the ones their Aunt Joni used. Toys can create a wonderful opportunity for children to develop a more positive attitude towards people with disabilities. It’s why I’m so excited that LEGO® has announced its first-ever minifigure with a disability to go on sale this June — a figurine of a person in a wheelchair! As Rebecca Atkinson of Toy Like Me says, “For a child with a disability it would be hugely affirming to be reflected by a brand such as Lego. It tells them that the brand is behind them, believes in them, and that they are part of the mainstream.” So good on you LEGO® for celebrating people with disabilities!

 
 

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9 Comments

 
It's so refreshing to see toys that kids with disabilities can identify with. Though it is a little strange that it took them so long to make it, I'm still glad it exists!
  • Feb. 26, 2016
  • 8:37 a.m.
  • Jordan
i work with special needs children and this would be great to have, would like to have some of these, just let me know how.
  • Feb. 6, 2016
  • 7:09 a.m.
  • kim siflinger
I remember in the late 90's finding a little boy with a wheelchair and a wheel chair ramp, made by little tikes, to be added to my daughters little tikes doll house. I'd found it at the local Meijer, and my husband became very upset about it. That is, until I read the little brochure to him that had come with it. My daughter has CP, and has overcome many challenges in life. But that unique little set meant the world to her. She's now 22, and I still catch her playing with it occasionally, right alongside my grandchildren, teaching them about how those with disabilities can blend right in.
  • Feb. 5, 2016
  • 9:05 p.m.
  • Patricia Orcasitas
Well done to Lego. Let's hope they include others such as a person who is blind or has sight issues or deaf. I have two deaf great nephews and grew up with a cousin who was deaf. My two great nephews have cochlear implants.
  • Feb. 5, 2016
  • 7:22 p.m.
  • Caz
REAL- my grandsons will love that. They love Legos. My grandchildren are very caring & helpful to those with disabilities.
  • Feb. 4, 2016
  • 6:51 p.m.
  • Jayne Dillman
Awesome and Wonderful (just like the Lego song)! Love love love this!!!!!
  • Feb. 4, 2016
  • 6 p.m.
  • Tamara
I love this! I was born with cerebral palsy men and I wheelchair for 30 years and now they're finally bringing out a toy that actually makes me feel awesome! Thanks a lot Lego!
  • Feb. 4, 2016
  • 1:12 p.m.
  • Jimmy
This made me really happy!!!:) And the disabled LEGO figure looks so joyful too. Thanks for sharing this!
  • Feb. 4, 2016
  • 12:16 p.m.
  • Marja Poutiainen
I love this. As a wheelchair user myself this is wonderful. I think children being exposed to toys like this would help deter being afraid of others in wherlchairs and maybe even keep thrm from teasing them as well. Its reality for so many! Even though i am an adult now i would love this!!! Kid at heart! God bless you joni and lego
  • Feb. 4, 2016
  • 11:23 a.m.
  • Andrea Scott