MakeBeliefsComix, the free on-line comic strip generator, introduced new comic characters with physical disabilities to reflect the diversity of users, including those with special needs. Among the 128 characters that students can now select in creating their comic strips are:
A boy and girl in wheelchairs
A soldier who lost an arm in war and wears a prosthesis
A blind person with a service animal
An older woman who uses a walker
Each character shows a variety of emotions: happy, sad, angry, thoughtful. Educational therapists increasingly use the online comic site for students with autism spectrum disorders to help them understand social concepts and to communicate. There is a special needs section to help educators and parents.