We Love This Inclusive Move From American Girl

American Girl, the beloved manufacturer of dolls and accessories (both of the modern and the historical-fiction genre) has just answered a longstanding call from its customers — and we couldn't be happier. Earlier this month, a diabetes care kit went on sale in the company's online store, complete with an insulin pump (and pen), blood sugar monitor, log book, glucose tablets, and lancing device. In true American Girl fashion, the kit comes with a packet of stickers, "to add personalization."

Although parents and children have urged the doll giant to offer such an add-on for many years, the most memorable effort came in 2014, when Anja Busse, a type 1 diabetes patient herself and 11 years old at the time, posted a petition calling for change. More than anything, she wanted her two American Girl dolls to look like her, which, of course, meant they needed diabetic accessories.

Busse, who received her diagnosis only three months prior to creating her petition, is among the 1.4 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes every year. The vast majority of the 29.1 million Americans who suffer from the disease have type 2 diabetes, but about 4% have type 1, which typically begins in childhood. And none of this accounts for the millions who go undiagnosed and without proper treatment. American Girl's decision to add a diabetes care kit to its inclusive array of doll accessories (which already include crutches, a hearing aid, and a wheelchair) reflects the need recognize the people, particularly the children, living with this illness.

The kit is available now for $24. We hope to see American Girl continue to strive for inclusivity and to observe its impact across other toy companies.
Advertisement

More from Trends

When Brad and Lin Mitchell's daughter arrived six weeks early, they spent a lot of time in the hospital with their newborn, Lillian. The couple truly ...
On Tuesday, Kim Kardashian rallied her 48 million Twitter followers toward a good cause — and boy, did they listen. In a series of tweets, Kardashian ...
Nearly a month after Selena Gomez announced she would be taking time off from work to focus on her ongoing battle with lupus, her friend Michael B. ...
In Status: Stressed, Refinery29 is teaming up with Secret, the expert in stress sweat, to have an honest, passionate conversation about the role of stress...
Earlier this year, it was reported that women are having kids later than ever — and now we may know why. According to research from the Fertility ...
With the ubiquity of the Dougie, the whip, and the New Jersey running man in popular culture, many have probably accepted these dances as mere trends. In...
One mom has a bone to pick with modern-day parenting, and it all has to do with vitamins. In a now-viral Facebook post, Bunmi Laditan lamented the ...
(Paid Content) In this age of label-aversion, hookup apps, and social-media flirtation (nothing says romance like a DM, right?), few would disagree that ...
Can you boost your self-esteem just by changing the way you stand? For years, a few scientists — most recognizably one by the name of Amy Cuddy, PhD (...
You probably already know that Donald Trump has a record of making sexist comments. But a new ad from Hillary Clinton's campaign powerfully highlights ...
When photographer Roger Kisby shot the Adult Video News Awards for the first time last year, he wasn't sure what to expect. Once there, he was drawn to the...
This article was originally published on April 8, 2016. Photographer Marcos Alberti's photo project, 3 Glasses Later, could be considered a probing ...
It was the breakup heard 'round the world: On Tuesday, we learned that Brangelina was officially no more. Then, as we were all recovering from the news, ...
Many of us can probably remember being told at some point during grade school that the pesky little boy who won't stop pulling on our pigtails or throwing ...