What is #ToyLikeMe?
#ToyLikeMe is a creative collective celebrating diff:ability in toys and calling on the global toy industry to positively represent 150 million kids with disability and difference worldwide. Read our story here.
Do we manufacture toys?
No. #ToyLikeMe is not a toy brand. We makeover existing mainstream toys to give them diff:abilities using the power of wit and creativity. Then we take sparkling high res images to celebrate the marvelous myriad of human diversity in toy form.
Where can I buy toys which represent diff:ability?
On our journey we have become sort of boffins in all things diff:abled and toyish. We’ve scoured the world to find representative toys. You can find a full list of products we have found and where to buy them in our Toys section.
What does ‘diff:abled’ mean?
Diff:ability – A difference in ability which requires unique skills and problem solving, often accompanied by an increase in perseverance and badassery.
We choose to use this word over more traditional terms because, well, we like being modern. But also there is a lot of debate over what ‘disabled’ really means. We wanted a term which can hang like a happy umbrella over us all, whether we have a wheelchair, a hearing aid, glasses or scars.
What is cultural marginalisation?
Cultural marginalisation is a long ol’ weighty word, but it’s an important one too. In playground speak it basically means ‘leaving someone out of the game’. In cultural terms it means leaving someone out of the the toy box and off screens, and saying you can’t be part of mainstream culture because you’re not, well mainstream enough.
Can I buy the Tinkerbell doll with a pink cochlear implant I have seen on social media?
We no longer make these for sale but you can buy plush Tinkerbell and other Disney characters with cochlear implants and hearing aids here.
How is TLM funded?
#ToyLikeMe is not a commercial venture. We exist through the generosity of individuals who have donated money, time or skills to help us stay afloat. We receive a small commission from Amazon for products sold via our site but every year we have to raise £2000 to pay for our web hosting and site maintenance costs. We are pushing a big stone up a hill. You can help fuel us and be part of toy box history by donating big or teeny tiny small here.
How can I make my school more #ToyLikeMe-tastic?
Teachers! You have the power to influence the attitudes of ALL children by normalising diff:ability in your classroom toy boxes. Check out our Toys section for product ideas.
How can I be part of #ToyLikeMe?
You can help by spreading the word. Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Sign our petitions here. The more followers we can gather, the better. Together we are stronger, louder and capable of throwing bigger tantrums!
Where can I find more work by Rebecca Atkinson?
You can discover more of Rebecca Atkinson’s journalistic and written work by visiting rebeccaatkinson.co.uk. If you are looking for consultation regarding diff:ability representation in children’s industries please visit our consultation pages.
Who takes the photographs used on the #ToyLikeMe website and social media feeds?
That will be the amazing work of Beth Moseley Photography!
Tell us, #ToyLikeMe, tell us, is the moon really made of cheese?
Well, (old wise voice), draw up a chair. Here’s what we know. A while back we stacked up all the chairs in the building, one on top of the other, and stood wobbling on the top to see if we could tickle the stars. Whilst we were up there, there was certainly a very brie-ish smell. So we hereby conclude that yes, the moon really is made of cheese.
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