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A collection of dolls with the facial characteristics of Down Syndrome has sparked debate online.
Connie Feda, the mother of a child with Down Syndrome, hopes to launch Dolls for Downs next month. “We’ve got a lot of pre-orders from Canada,” she told Global News on Wednesday.
Feda claims she has received nearly 500 pre-orders from several countries.
“Considering we don’t have the vinyl version yet, and people are ordering largely by description, we expect that number to double with actual photographs,” she said.
Not everyone believes the dolls are a good idea. Calgary’s Krista
Flint, former executive director of the Canadian Down Syndrome Society
(CDSS), fears the dolls perpetuate the notion that people with Down
Syndrome all look alike.
“Not every person with Down syndrome has almond shaped eyes, or a single palm crease, or an exaggerated space between thier (sic) toes, or a flattened nose bridge,” she wrote on her blog, InclusiveHumanity.com.