There are few toys as famous as Barbie dolls. The first Barbie doll was released in 1959 and quickly revolutionized the toy industry. __1__ There have been doctor and astronaut Barbies, Barbies for people of different ethnicities, and even Barbies that use wheelchairs. Mattel, the company that manufactures Barbie dolls, recently introduced an entirely new doll with Down syndrome.
Down syndrome is a condition where a person is born with an extra chromosome, which is the threadlike structure made up of DNA that is found in every human cell. __2__ While people with Down syndrome might look and act similar, each person has different abilities.