I have recently found some incredibly kind and talented individuals that offer unique items that are both fun AND spread Autism Awareness! How can this be possible? Well, just keep reading to see!
My Sibling Dolls
I have several friends with daughters and know how HUGE American Girl and other 18" dolls are. I also know that some of these moms are frustrated that AG doesn't offer a boy doll. I have even seen parents taking a doll, cutting its hair and creating a boy doll. Well, there is no need to go to all that trouble because My Sibling Dolls are adorable, have a great message, and come as both girls and boys! Just look how cute this guy is:
Here is a little info from their website:
"My Sibling Dolls are dolls with a special message. This message is one of understanding and acceptance for children who learn and grow differently, expressed in the stories that come with each doll. There is a booklet that hangs from the wrist of the doll which contains educational information as well as a story, told from the perspective of a typical child, about what life is like when that child has a brother or sister with a disability. Four of the My Sibling characters have a sibling with autism, and two of the characters have a sibling with Down Syndrome. The educational page in the booklet, explaining in very simple terms the symptoms and challenges of the disability, and the story are written by Loretta Boronat, who knows about these disabilities from personal as well as professional experience. She has based all the stories on real people and their everyday ups and downs of living with a loved one who has either autism or Down Syndrome."
This company is not only completely in-tune with an increasing demand for male dolls and increasing need for Autism Awareness, they also employ their adult son who is on the Autism Spectrum. And it doesn't stop there! Here is a little info from the owner, Loretta:
"My company provides job sampling opportunities to students in their schools (partnering with transition programs)".
I seriously cannot think of a better way to get an adorable doll for your child AND support an amazing company! Please visit www.mysiblingdolls.com for more information on this fantastic line of dolls that promote imaginative play and so much more!
Julia Kate Designs
Do you already have an 18" doll (or ten) around the house and want them to sport some Autism Awareness? Then Julia Kate Designs has got you covered! Look at this fantastic doll shirt she offers:
Also, are these Autism Awareness lanyards and other accessories that can be monogrammed with your child's name and contact information. This is a great idea for those occasions when you are going to a public place and want to be extra safe:
She also offers adorable every day items, holiday outfits and items that support other charities for children! Please check out http://www.facebook.com/JuliaKateDesigns today!
How many parents are well versed in all things Littlest Pet Shop? These little adorable pets have been around since I was a kid (showing my age here...) and with a new popular tv show on that Boog loves to watch I'm sure will continue to be popular for many years to come. This brings me to our next artist, April VC Allen at http://aprilvcallen.weebly.com
April is an extremely talented artist that has created a spectacular custom Littlest Pet Shop bear in honor of her brother that is on the spectrum and is auctioning it off with the proceeds going to Autism Speaks. How cool is that? Just look how talented she is!
Please visit her site at http://aprilvcallen.weebly.com where she offers phenomenally talented customization of these tiny and cute pets and much more!
I hope I have directed you to some great new ways to support Autism Awareness and have FUN at the same time!!