Toys “R” Us Shows Support for Autism Awareness Month

toysrusAs part of its ongoing support of the special needs community and to commemorate Autism Awareness Month, the Toys “R” Us Children’s Fund has provided a $600,000 grant to Autism Speaks, a leading autism science and advocacy organization. The grant will support the charity’s research and advocacy efforts in the U.S. as it strives to provide resources for families affected by autism spectrum disorders.

Toys “R” Us will serve as the national sponsor of the organization’s Walk Now for Autism Speaks program, a year-long series of more than 100 walk events taking place in communities across North America that allows supporters to personally raise funds for Autism Speaks. In addition, Toys “R” Us and the Toys “R” Us Children’s Fund have collaborated with Autism Speaks and the not-for-profit National Lekotek Center to identify toys that can help kids with autism develop language, creativity, and social skills while playing with siblings and friends.

The list of Ten Toys That Speak to Autism is a special subset of the company’s Toys “R” Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids, and can be found in stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com/DifferentlyAbled.

Since 2007, Toys “R” Us Inc., the Toys “R” Us Children’s Fund, and customer contributions together have provided Autism Speaks with nearly $19 million.

Brady Rymer’s “Love Me for Who I Am” Celebrates Kids with Autism and Special Needs

Brady Rymer’s album, Love Me for Who I Am, is a great listen for Autism Awareness Month, which is coming up in just a few weeks. This project has made a strong connection with children who often find it very hard to connect to their worlds, and it sends kids on the autism spectrum a message of self-confidence and empowerment through rock ‘n’ roll.

Check out this video that tells the story behind Love Me for Who I Am, featuring the students at the Celebrate the Children School in New Jersey, who inspired Rymer to create this album.

Learn more about the story behind the project here. Rymer’s live performance schedule can be viewed here.