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Social Worker Turned Doll Maker Helps Kids Celebrate Their Differences

(Courtesy A Doll Like Me)
(Courtesy A Doll Like Me)

It begins with a piece of fabric. After six hours, 45-year-old Amy Jandrisevits has a brand-new, handmade doll staring back at her. But unlike dolls you often see at stores, these custom-ordered creations celebrate their future playmate’s differences.

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Children and their custom-made dolls by A Doll Like Me. (Photos courtesy of Amy Jandrisevits)
Children and their custom-made dolls by A Doll Like Me. (Photos courtesy of Amy Jandrisevits)

“I make dolls for kids who will never see themselves on the store shelves," Jandrisevits says. "Kids with limb differences, kids with scars or birthmarks or things like albinism."

Children and their custom-made dolls by A Doll Like Me. (Photos courtesy of Amy Jandrisevits)
Children and their custom-made dolls by A Doll Like Me. (Photos courtesy of Amy Jandrisevits)

The social worker-turned-doll maker admitted her 10-year-old self would be thrilled to hear she still plays with dolls. More importantly, she wants these dolls to help the children who hold them feel represented and seen.
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Amy Jandrisevits lives in New Berlin, Wisconsin. Her Instagram is @a_doll_like_me

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