Hasbro’s ToyBox Tools program is expanding to include new tools, resources, and products. ToyBox Tools was an initiative launched in 2014 to promote play in children with developmental disabilities. The initiative’s expansion will also include a new website for children, their families, caregivers, and teachers. Hasbro has worked closely with The Autism Project to provide instructional videos, printed instructions, play-mats, and more for several of Hasbro’s brands in the hopes that play will be easier and more accessible for children. The news was announced at the autism and disabilities conference OCALICON, which took place November 18 to 20.
Spin Master Ltd. has partnered with Autism Speaks in the U.S. and Canada to raise funds for the organization through the sale of Kinetic Sand. The company will also explore the positive benefits that play skills and social experiences may have for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).
Mega Brands Inc. has donated $72,000 to Autism Speaks Canada in support of Autism Awareness Month. The donation was presented at the 2014 Walk Now for Autism Speaks event in Montreal, which helps fund autism treatment, education, research, and advocacy throughout the country. Mega Brands was also the local presenting sponsor of the event.
The money was raised during April when Mega Brands pledged to donate one dollar for every Mega Bloks toy sold by Toys “R” Us Canada both in stores and online. This generated over $20,000 in proceeds. Philanthropic donors also contributed $29,000 to the pledge amount.
Mega Brands employees raised an additional $10,000 in donations through bake sales and auctions, an amount that was matched by Mattel.
The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, led by judges Dennis Shedd, G. Steven Agee, and Clyde Hamilton, have upheld a trial court judgment ordering Super Duper Publications to destroy all of its goods that advertise or contain the name “Say” and “And Say.”
Super Duper is a publisher of educational materials for children with autism and other communication disorders. Since its establishment in 1987, the company has developed 15 lines of “Say” products such as Fold And Say articulation and language books, Fish and Say speech and language floor games, and See it Say it flip books for children with apraxia.
The trial court ruled that Super Duper infringed upon Mattel’s See ‘N Say and The Farmer Says toys.