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Updated Apr 5, 2013 - 3:51 pm

Dolls personalized for kids with Down syndrome

A mother from Robinson Township, Pa., decided it was time children with disabilities be provided a sense of uniqueness in the form of look-alike dolls.

According to ABC News, 49-year-old Connie Feda launched Dolls for Downs in 2010. However, none of the 16 available doll designs resembled her 13-year-old daughter, Hannah, who suffers from Down syndrome.

That’s when Feda found Karen Scott, a doll sculptor from Michigan. The two created a doll that resembled Hannah after sharing design concepts for six months.

Feda explained the dolls have been designed to help the motor skills of kids with Down syndrome. At $75 apiece, each doll personally portrays the individual’s personal characteristics.

“We’re trying to say, ‘Look, none of us are the same. No one aspect of what you are or who you are defines who you are as a person,'” Feda said. “In general, people with disabilities are dismissed and their personhood is diminished because people don’t look at them as a person first.”

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