TESTIMONIAL. “I make dolls for disabled children”

Every child deserves to have a toy they like. So the day when little Matilda asked Clare Tawell, her mother, a baby “deaf like her”, the latter immediately got down to finding a bather representing her handicap. She searches the many toy shelves in the stores around her as well as the Internet. In vain.

“I was really disheartened when I saw that there was no such thing as a doll that, like Matilda, wore hearing aids,” says Clare. “I got the impression that society did not consider her disability to be. important, and therefore was not recognized. ” This radiography technician at the hospital then takes the subject head-on. After her day at work, once her daughters Evelyn and Matilda are in bed, Clare sets out to make babies for her daughter by adding a hearing aid. Matilda is thrilled, and her mother realizes that many children with disabilities also dream of having a toy specially designed for them.

Schools and nurseries bought infants to teach difference from a young age

Clare creates the non-profit Bright Ears UK, and designs other doll models. Some wear a hearing aid, others have a cleft palate (formerly called cleft lip), an insulin pump or even a tracheostomy. The mother of the family even makes custom models, to be as close as possible to the child’s particularity. On her Facebook page and on Etsy, she markets paired bathers, elves, and even Toy Story characters. According to the Today site, which interviewed her, Clare Tawell has sold more than 2,000 models since 2017. And Christmas is often the occasion to offer her precious dolls.

Through her initiative, this mother hopes to help improve the confidence and self-esteem of “different” children, but she also targets “normal” children. Schools and nurseries have also bought infants to teach difference from an early age. “The comments and photos posted by parents the day the children receive their toy would bring tears to the worst of hearts of stone. The little ones are so happy, it does them so much good. It is my greatest reward”, says Clare, still touched by the happiness she brings to these families. Watching her daughter blow up her doll in the garden of their Lidlington home, she continues, “I have decided to do this to help my daughter and children with disabilities be included, but we can all. to do something against this exclusion suffered from an early age. It is up to everyone to find their way. “


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