- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Lego’s diverse “Community People Set” has sparked the ire of disability activists who believe the figurine depicting an elderly man in a wheelchair presents children with a negative stereotype of disability.

“Whilst we applaud Lego for including a wheelchair user, we are disappointed with the design of the wheelchair which is grey and medical in appearance and does not appear to have wheels that turn, as well as the choice of the elderly figure to use the chair in promotional images,” Toy Like Me founder Rebecca Atkinson wrote in her blog, Mediaite reported.

Ms. Atkinson’s Change.org petition asking Lego to “positively represent disability” in their toys has garnered more than 18,000 signatures.

“Oh Lego, where are your basket balling wheelsters?” Ms. Atkinson asked. “Baseball playing Duplo folk with hearing aids? White cane using Lego Friends off to the gym? In fact, where is your positive disability representation at all?”

The U.K.-based Toy Like Me describes itself as a group of parents who are “calling on the global toy industry to include disability in the toy box.”


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