- Jean McKenzie, President American Girl, LLCAmerican Girl LLC American Girl Inc 8400 Fairway Pl, Middleton, WI 608-836-4848
American Girl Doll: Create an American Girl Doll with A Neurodiversity Aspergers.
An American Girl Doll with a Neurodiversity such as Aspergers, can help girls of any age, understand the difficulties of navigating the social world of school, clubs, sports etc. AG had done a great job helping kids be aware of physical disabilities through the use of wheelchairs, crutches, see and eye dogs and hearing aides. AG Doll of the Year McKenna, did a wonderful job portraying a girl with a disability. McKenna an accomplished equestrian, sprained her ankle and was tutored by someone with a physical disability who had spent her life in a wheelchair. McKenna made a dream come true for her physically disabled tutor, when she was able to ride a horse out of her chair. There are more and more children diagnosed with Aspergers each day and there is a growing need for a doll to reflect this Neurodiversity. Currently, all doll companies neglect the huge neurodiverse population. I have been involved in the Aspergers Community for 12 years. My son has Aspergers and my neurotypical daughter has 3 AG dolls; Molly, Emily and Kit. I can say without a doubt, a book and movie would do wonders not only for this population, but for girls that have had a hard time fitting in for various reasons. Neurotypical or not. Disabled or not. This would be groundbreaking for AG.
- American Girl LLC American Girl Inc 8400 Fairway Pl, Middleton, WI 608-836-4848
Jean McKenzie, President American Girl, LLC
Dear Ms. Jean McKenzie,
I am mother of a son with Aspergers and have been involved in the AS community for 12 years. My daughter is neurotypical, and has grown up with three American Girl dolls through the years Kit, Emily and Molly. We enjoyed both the books and the movies. I have noticed American Girl has done a good job addressing the physical disabilities girls may have. However, Aspergers girls look typical. It is the story behind the doll that would give the doll it's significance. It's time AG addresses girls other than the neurotypicals. Let a little girl with Aspergers tell her story. Because AS was only recently identified as a diagnosis, a count of the number of individuals effected by this syndrome is still hard to come by. Recent survey results from the National Institute of Child Health and Mental Development estimate that 1 in 500 people have some form of AS. Some estimates run between 0.36% an .71%. With these percentages, American Girl can have a huge impact on this population.
I will look forward to your taking this petition into consideration. There are many little girls willing and waiting to tell their story. (As an aside, if you went the historical route, Emily Dickinson was thought to have AS)
Janice M. Myler, M.Ed
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