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

NEW YORK (December 22, 2004)—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 select toys that will provide the most positive experience for children who are disabled - whether they are dreaming of Swing 'N Score Baseball or hoping to find the My Little Pony Celebration Salon beneath the wrapping paper.

Let's Play 2005 features toys reviewed by more than 100 children with a variety of special needs, including children with visual and hearing impairments. 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.

"Many shoppers are wary about what to buy for children who are visually impaired," said Carl R. Augusto, AFB President and CEO. "When shopping for a child who is blind or who has low vision, it is important to focus on toys with sounds and interesting textures or toys that encourage creative play while promoting daily living skills."

Toys like the Lullaby Gloworm, which is soft and plush and sings seven lullabies with one squeeze or the Laugh & Learn Learning Phone, which allows children to hear their ABCs and 123s while promoting tactile exploration, are just two of the many toys recommended by the guide for children who are blind. For children with low vision, the guide also suggests toys like the Lite-Brite Illuminart Easel, which brings pictures to life with a lit screen and stimulates available vision.

For a fully accessible guide for visually impaired readers please visit Free print copies can also be obtained through the AFB bookstore at http: //;mscssid=.

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Adrianna Montague-Gray
AFB Communications

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