The popular LEGO building block toy company just included a figure in a wheelchair.
The new character is intended to give a feeling of acceptance to children living with disabilities, according to this article.
I see other possibilities for children, grandchildren, siblings and other kids who interact with the special needs of family and friends.
Play is a great opportunity to give the typical, able bodied children imaginative insight into care giving. LEGO play might be a child’s first recognition that a figure in a wheelchair needs wider access doors and ramps instead of stairs as block buildings snap together.
It is a chance for adult care givers to ask questions about how the LEGO figures interact in scenarios the children create, helping stimulate awareness of how special needs involve the entire family and the community beyond.
Good for LEGO for taking this step.