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Family Calls on Disney to Add Characters with Disabilities

The family wants the company to realize "every little girl wants to feel like a princess"

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    Family Calls on Disney to Add Characters with Disabilities

    A San Francisco family traveled to Disney's Southern California Headquarters Wednesday to deliver a petition with more than 75,000 signatures calling on Disney to create characters with Down syndrome and other disabilities. Report on Today in LA Nov. 28, 2014. (Published Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014)

    A San Francisco family traveled to Disney's Southern California Headquarters Wednesday to deliver a petition with more than 75,000 signatures calling on Disney to create characters with Down syndrome and other disabilities.

    Keston Ott-Dahl created the petition in honor of her 15-month-old daughter Delaney, who has Down syndrome.

    "I want the world to change," Ott-Dahl said. "I want Delaney to grow up in a society where she knows there’s a place for her and she’s part of society and she’s loved and appreciated."

    Ott-Dahl's Care2 petition asks Disney to fight back against stigmas by representing children with disabilities in their animated films.

    Ott-Dahl's partner and two daughters — both dressed as Disney Princesses — joined her in Burbank to deliver the petition that has drawn media coverage across the country.

    Disney has responded to the petition, saying the studio is "committed to continuing to create characters that are easily accessible and relatable to all children."

    While the Ott-Dahl family believes Disney does a good job of teaching children moral lessons, they hope the company will realize "every little girl wants to feel like a princess" and will give the family a "firm commitment" to represent children with disabilities.