Today marks a special date, where we remember and learn from a woman who inspired many, with her story of bravery and determination; writer and advocate for people with disabilities, Helen Keller.
Lottie is celebrating this date, by introducing Rockabilly Lottie doll, one of 25% of our Lottie dolls that wear glasses. To mark Rockabilly Lottie's launch, we are giving Lottie followers the opportunity to learn more about Helen Keller's fascinating life through our blog, social media and fun online resources.
Photo Credit; Frugal Mom Eh! Canada
Helen Keller Day (June 27th) promotes the idea that people can overcome challenges, and achieve anything they want if they put their hearts and souls into it, and this is something Lottie aims to champion everyday; inspiring girls and boys to follow their dreams, enjoy childhood and be themselves - despite societal norms or gender stereotypes.
Children should be able to see themselves reflected in the dolls and toys they play with; Lottie has a childlike body, doesn't wear high heels or make up and can stand on her own two feet! Lottie's themes and activities are reflective of real children. Rockabilly Lottie marches to the beat of her own drum, has a quirky, colourful and comfortable outfit, perfect for dancing around the bandstand - complete with her vintage inspired red cats-eye framed glasses!
Mom and parent blogger, Elizabeth over at Frugal Mom Eh shares how her daughter, Keira has positively identified with her Lottie Dolls;
On Lottie's glasses: "...we had forgotten to put them back on after naptime so she had demanded we get her glasses right away. Keira loves pointing out that Lottie has glasses too!"
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Vice President at Intel, Margaret Burgraff tells us;
‘My niece sleeps with hers [Lottie], and takes the dolls glasses off as she takes her own off!”
Photo Credit; Silicone Republic Ireland
We responded to the 2015 viral and global #ToyLikeMe campaign; #ToyLikeMe modified toys in an attempt to promote the lack of diversity in the toy-box , the campaign wants toy manufacturers to seriously consider developing toys that reflect disability positively, as there is a significant lack of toys with disabilities in the toy market.
The women behind the campaign (Rebecca Atkinson, Karen Newell and Melissa Mostyn) have reached out to a number of toy manufacturers globally;
Photo Credit; BethMoseleyPhotography.co.uk
See Branskea Festival Lottie (far right) modified by #ToyLikeMe
Rebecca Atkinson for The Guardian; "Some small UK toy producers have been quick to answer the campaign call. Arklu, the makers of Lottie dolls, already produce 25% of their dolls with glasses and have agreed to look at ways to make future ranges more disability representative."
Helens Story; Born on June 27, 1880, in Alabama, USA Helen Keller suffered from an illness at age two, which left her blind and deaf . Despite her challenges, Helen learned to communicate in sign language with the help of her teacher Anne Sullivan. Keller became the first deaf and blind person to earn a bachelors degree in the US in 1904 and dedicated her life to advocating for people with disabilities, as well as being an activist in the areas of human and women's rights.
To read more about Helens inspiring story, download our Helen Keller Biography for kids;
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