American Girl debuts first Girl of the Year doll with hearing loss

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American Girl dolls are ready for 2020.

The Girl of the Year doll for 2020, unveiled on Dec. 31, will be the first with hearing loss. Her name is Joss Kendrick, and she's a competitive, Southern California athlete who, according to her story, was born deaf in her left ear.

The doll will come with a hearing aid as an accessory that helps her hear out of her right ear.

Created in consultation with a team of experts in hearing loss, surfing, and competitive cheerleading, the new doll marks a broader shift in inclusion efforts at Mattel, the parent company of American Girl.

American Girl debuts first Girl of the Year doll with hearing loss

Image: American Girl

American Girl debuts first Girl of the Year doll with hearing loss

Image: American Girl

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