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Disabled Girl Petitions American Girl

Kids Like This Will Change Our World

Like many 10-year-olds, Melissa Shang is a huge fan of American Girl dolls, and she's recently decided to take her vision for the company straight to the top. Melissa lives with a form of muscular dystrophy called Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and is using her own experience and challenges as the basis for a Change.org petition aimed at the brand's president. Melissa's wish? For American Girl's next "Girl of the Year" to have a disability. Her petition reads:

"For once, I don’t want to be invisible or a side character that the main American Girl has to help: I want other girls to know what it’s like to be me, through a disabled American Girl’s story. Disabled girls might be different from normal kids on the outside. They might sit in a wheelchair like I do, or have some other difficulty that other kids don’t have. However, we are the same as other girls on the inside, with the same thoughts and feelings. American Girls are supposed to represent all the girls that make up American history, past and present. That includes disabled girls."

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HeidiClark53076 HeidiClark53076 3 years
Not only must your parents be proud, but I know your sister and ALL of her friends are too. We are all sharing your petition everywhere. Please sign Melissa's petition. All American girls should have an American girl doll
AshleyBurt AshleyBurt 3 years
I know in the corporate toy world its hard to persuade companies to make something that is not overtly lucrative. But all that aside, bet she has got one PROUD mama. What a smart, talented young lady.
SallyBackhaus SallyBackhaus 3 years
Don't they already have accessory sets for your doll to have an injury or disability?
CoMMember13628618813475 CoMMember13628618813475 3 years
Good luck sweetie ... We have written them in the past fior doll ideas and they said they don't take suggestions from anyone outside the company. I wish you luck.
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