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Holiday Toy Guide Helps Shoppers Find the Best Gifts for Children with Disabilities

NEW YORK (December 1, 2005)—Finding the perfect gift for a child who has a disability can be challenging, which is why the American Foundation for the Blind™ (AFB) teamed up with the Toy Industry Foundation, Inc., and the Alliance for Technology Access to produce Let's Play: A Guide to Toys for Children with Special Needs. The Guide helps parents, family, and friends select toys that will provide the most positive experience for children who are disabled—whether they enjoy stimulating games like Hasbro's Jenga® or prefer something more cuddly like Little Taggie.

Let's Play 2006 features toys reviewed by more than 100 children with a variety of special needs, including children with vision loss. The Guide offers descriptions of why certain toys are more appropriate and fun in addition to labels indicating who may find specific toys most enjoyable. All of the toys in Let's Play can be found in stores throughout the country.

"During the holiday season, everyone wants to find that perfect toy for their grandson or niece," said Carl R. Augusto, AFB President and CEO. "The Let's Play toy guide helps people who are shopping for a child with a disability—such as vision loss—choose fun toys that are also educational and promote daily living skills."

Interactive toys like the Shake 'N Go Speedway™ and My Sweet Kitchen™ Cook 'N Sizzle Kitchen™, which encourage creative experimentation and promote awareness of sound, are just two of the many toys recommended for children with vision loss. The Guide also features old favorites like building blocks, Tonka trucks, and the Radio Flyer wagon.

For a fully accessible guide please visit www.afb.org/toyguide.asp. Free print copies can also be obtained through the AFB bookstore at www.afb.org/store.

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For more information contact:
Carrie Fernandez
AFB Communications
(212) 502-7674 or via e-mail at cfernandez@afb.net

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