The team behind ToyLikeMe campaign have been celebrating as Mattel the makers of Barbie, have announced the creation of a wheelchair using doll and prosthetic limb Barbie.
The #ToyLikeMe was established in April 2015 by journalist, Rebecca Atkinson, and parents of children with disabilities who were tired of not being able to find a positive #diff:ability representation in toys. The group started to makeover toys to give them #diff:abilities and invited followers to send in their creations. The results went viral and have been shared and viewed millions of times.
Congratulations to all the team behind the ToyLikeMe campaign for raising awareness and campaigning to make toys inclusive. It is great to see global brands including Mattel and Playmobil producing toys that positively represent disability.
Katrina Brooks aka Katty created her website Kattysterritory.com
Award for Perseverance and Commitment: Rowan Wallace
(Presented by Rebecca Stewart)
This award was presented to a person, who was wholly committed to their role and it was their determination in contacting high-level politicians, celebrities, and key industry companies that resulted in interviews with Scottish Party leaders (such as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon) and was responsible for bringing the project to the attention of SOBI who the became one of the sponsors for this project.
Award for Professional Excellence: Annabelle Hover
(Presented by Sarah Gilbert)
This award was presented to a #RareYouthProject team member in recognition of her outstanding professionalism. She had carried out fantastic research, she had made thorough preparations for each assignment and met every deadline that was asked of her. This person didn’t let their condition get in their way and has been a most inspiring example . Congratulations Annabelle!
Award for Outstanding Knowledge in their field: Cameron Dixon.
(Presented by Richard Lynn)
This was an award to highlight this person’s exceptional knowledge of their subject. The knowledge and enthusiasm of politics and history is sensational, and they impressed everyone they met. It was an amazing honour to award this to Cameron. Congratulations!
Creating Communities award: Charlotte Thom
(Presented by Tamara Howard)
We were proud to present this award to Charlotte Thom in recognition of her contribution to our youth communication strategy. Her guidance and input in ensuring our messaging was right was fundamental to the success of social media communications this far. Her ability to work entirely independently has meant that she was a valuable member of our team and we are thrilled that we got to work with such an amazing, unforgettable woman who has inspired so many.