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Barbie gives inclusivity another try with new wheelchair and a prosthetic limb

18 February 2019

A Barbie wheelchair

In 1997 Mattel introduced "wheelchair Becky", a Barbie friend who used a wheelchair. The wheelchair wasn’t compatible with other Barbie accessories and Mattel had to redesign the doll.

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Characteristics of technology Use this and other examples to explain how people’s perception of technology influences their acceptance of technology 5
Characteristics of technology Use this and other examples to discuss examples to illustrate how socio-cultural factors influence technology and in turn technology influences socio-cultural factors in complex and ongoing ways 7

Keywords: barbie, dolls, toys, construction and mechanical, characteristics of technology

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