Friday, 3 January 2020

USA: 1st doll with hearing loss

PHOTO: American Girl's 2020 Girl of the Year doll is Joss Kendrick.
Am I the only person who notes that actually, dolls cannot hear anyway? Q. Does including all disabilities in toys achieve anything?  Who buys them but the disabled?  Thus limiting awareness to the already converted.


The new doll, which debuted on "Good Morning America," is a competitive cheerleader and a surfer from southern California. American Girl's 2020 Girl of the Year doll is Joss Kendrick. In a first for an American Girl doll, Joss has hearing loss and wears a hearing aid.

According to her story, Joss was born deaf in her left ear but can hear some out of her right ear with the help of a hearing aid that comes with the doll as an accessory. Pursuing surfing and going all-in with cheer, Joss reaches new heights and discovers a whole new side of herself.

This high school football captain was born deaf, and is true leader on field "Whether she’s on her surfboard or in the gym, Joss shows girls the importance of trying new things, pushing past stereotypes, and being a good team player," American Girl said in a statement unveiling the new character.

American Girl's 2020 Girl of the Year doll is Joss Kendrick.
American Girl partnered with experts specializing in surfing, competitive cheerleading, hearing loss as well as the portrayals of deaf characters in literature to create Joss. The company also announced a $25,000 donation to support the work of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), a national nonprofit representing people with hearing loss.

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