Disney's wonderfully magical collection of diversified princesses, from Tiana to Mulan (an honorary princess if you've seen the sequel), but could we have forgotten someone? We've covered races fairly well, but one mom feels that some of the most warming people haven't been depicted yet and deserve their shot at the big screen: special needs kids.
Mother Keston Ott-Dahl says this in her online petition for a special needs princess:
“Our daughter has Down syndrome. Like other children, she adores animated movies -- so when I see her mesmerized by Disney princesses, it breaks my heart to know that she has no role models like herself.”
Personally, I have found some of the purest, sweetest, and most uplifting people in my life to be special needs. A special needs girl from church who asked me to be her best friend, a boy in the hallway who asked me my name and told me to have a 'spooktacular' day this Halloween, or my aunt who I love seeing light up when she opens Christmas presents, I can honestly say nothing spells out Disney Magic like the mentally disabled, or rather, emotionally enabled people.
With Disney already working on Moana, a Pacific Islander princess, and exploring Hispanic cultures in the Pixar film about Dia de los Muertos, perhaps a special needs character would be the perfect premise to the next princess to join Disney's ranks among the princesses. If you would like to support the cause, remember to sign the petition HERE!
Disney has responded to the petition, saying they are 'committed to continuing to create characters that are accessible and relatable to all children.' However, the mother plans to formally present the petition at Disney's Burbank Headquarters on November 26th in person, so be sure to get your signature in before then!