Toy Industry Foundation Offers Recommendations and Assistance to Those Selecting Toys for Children with Special Needs
NEW YORK, NY (June 18, 2008)—The Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) is pleased to announce the revision of its publication Let's Play: A Guide to Toys for Children with Special Needs.
With support from the Toy Industry Association and its members, TIF partnered with the Alliance for Technology Access (ATA) and the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) to determine the best toys for children with all types of special needs including visual, physical, and hearing impairments, learning disabilities, and developmental disorders. Toys included in the Guide were tested by more than 100 "toy experts"—children with a variety of special needs—at ATA and AFB testing centers all over the country.
"Over 6.2 million children live with disabilities, accounting for 13.2% of the child population," said Jean Butler. "The Toy Industry Foundation is proud to be able to produce this unique family resource so that no child is deprived of valuable play experiences because parents or caregivers are unaware of what is available and appropriate for their child."
"Everyone is constantly looking for that perfect toy for their child or relative, whether it be for a birthday, special occasion, or just because," said Carl R. Augusto, President & CEO of AFB. "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."
Expanded and enhanced, the Guide offers descriptions and labels indicating who might find specific toys most enjoyable. All of the toys in Let's Play can be found in stores throughout the country.
The public may download the guide from TIF at www.toyindustryfoundation.org or view a fully accessible version on FamilyConnect™, AFB and NAPVI's new web community for parents of children with visual impairments, at www.familyconnect.org/toyguide. Free print copies can also be obtained through TIF by sending a request via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.###
About the American Foundation for the Blind
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss. AFB's priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources. AFB is also proud to house the Helen Keller Archives and honor the over forty years that Helen Keller worked tirelessly with AFB. For more information, visit www.afb.org.
About the Toy Industry Foundation
The Toy Industry Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring joy, comfort, and learning to children in need through toys and play. While other organizations provide food, shelter and support services to children and their families, TIF sees to it that these children have toys and opportunities to play in an attempt to restore both fun and a sense of normalcy to their lives. The Foundation currently fulfills its mission through core programs including The Toy Bank™, public education initiatives, and grants to organizations whose missions are in line with that of the Toy Industry Foundation. For more information, visit www.toyindustryfoundation.org.
About The Alliance for Technology Access
The Alliance for Technology Access (ATA) is a nationwide network of 41 assistive technology resource Centers and 75 technology developers, and a growing number of individuals and organizations who are working together to improve the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities through access to today's technology. The mission of the ATA is to connect children and adults with disabilities with technology tools. For more information, visit http://www.ataccess.org/.
For more information, contact:
Toy Industry Foundation
American Foundation for the Blind