Could we be turning a corner in our perception of disability when toy giant Lego acknowledges that people with disabilities do live our society.
Its a small but significant step when the toymaker produces a figure with a wheelchair and a helping dog. But how far can the toy giant go to raise the necessary awareness.
Some disabilities remain invisible in our society. We see disability at work, school and supermarkets. But we don't see those with the most server and complex disability. They are in special schools, respite centres, or at home with hard working carers.
A well done to Lego for taking the first step. It might be sometime before we see the first Lego respite centre or special needs school, but at least the wheelchair user can access the Millennium Falcon if their new model has an operating ramp.
The first ever Lego figure in a wheelchair has been spotted at the Nuremberg and London toy fairs, featuring a beanie-hatted character alongside a helper dog. The figure was captured in photos by the Promobricks blog, and shared on the Bricksfans website. The figure features alongside an ice-cream vendor, cyclist, picnickers and more, in a new park scene from the company’s City range. The sighting is significant, given Lego has recently been accused of a lack of diversity in its figures. The #ToyLikeMe campaign, launched last year, resulted in over 20,000 signatures to a Change.org petition, which lobbied Lego to include disabled figures in its sets.