American Girl: 10-Year-Old With Disablity Asks For Doll Like Her [Video]

American Girl, the popular doll-maker, has never had a problem with diversity. The company’s dolls are designed to reflect numerous ethnic identities. But now a 10-year-old girl from Philadelphia is asking American girl to make a new kind of American girl doll, one with a disability.

That way, says Melissa Shang, she’d have a doll that’s just like her.

Young Melissa has even started an online petition on the web site, aptly entitled, “American Girl: Release an American Girl with a disability.” So far, as of New Year’s Day 2014, she has gathered about 10,000 online signatures. Not bad, for launching just on Saturday.

“For as long as I can remember, I’ve had Charcot-Marie-Tooth, a form of muscular dystrophy,” Melissa wrote on the site, with some help from her 17-year-old sister YingYing.

“When I was seven, like most of my classmates, I fell in love with American Girl dolls—historical and modern girls with stories about overcoming obstacles. I’ve read all of the books, seen all of the movies, and even visited the American Girl Place in New York City. For the past three years, I’ve asked for an American Girl doll for Christmas,” she wrote.