Toys”R”Us, Inc. recently announced the release of the 2013 Toys”R”Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids®, an easy-to-use toy selection resource for those who know, love and shop for children with special needs. This annual, complimentary shopping guide is available now in Toys”R”Us® and Babies”R”Us® stores nationwide and online, in both English and Spanish, at Toysrus.com/DifferentlyAbled. This year’s edition features 2012 All-Around gymnastics gold medalist Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas on the cover, alongside Special Olympics Young Athletes, Isabella Caesar and Samuel Lopez.
Building on its nearly 20-year tradition of providing parents, caregivers and gift-givers with reliable toy recommendations for children with special needs, through this year’s Guide, Toys”R”Us has introduced its first-ever Toys”R”Us App Guide for Differently-Abled Kids. Understanding the growing influence of technology during playtime, the App Guide currently features a selection of 25 apps identified to help children with special needs further develop key skills.
“At Toys”R”Us, we understand the undeniable joy of watching a child overcome obstacles and experience victories through the magic of play, whether they’re learning to catch and throw a ball, role-playing through dress-up, playing a board game with siblings or learning the ABC’s on their very first tablet,” said Kathleen Waugh, Chairman of the Toys”R”Us Children’s Fund. “Building on our mission to help parents make informed toy-buying decisions with the Guide, we are pleased to introduce a complimentary Toys”R”Us App Guide for Differently-Abled Kids.”
“Having started gymnastics at a very young age, with cartwheels in the backyard and splits on the couch, I came to understand the importance of teamwork and the influence that positive play can have on a child,” said Gabby Douglas. “My experience at the 2012 Olympic Games was very special, and through my support of this year’s Toys”R”Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids, I’m so excited to help children of all abilities have their own magical moments. With this great resource, parents can find toys that build key skills and help children reach new milestones, all while having fun!”
Through her support of this year’s Guide, Gabby Douglas is also helping to cheer on aspiring Special Olympics athletes. The Special Olympics Young Athletes program introduces kids to the world of sports and offers children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, ages 2-7, the opportunity to play, compete and grow, while developing critical early cognitive, social and motor skills. The Toys”R”Us Children’s Fund has provided ongoing grants to Special Olympics to support the national expansion of Special Olympics’ Young Athletes program. Most recently, it pledged $1 million to become a Founding Partner of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games and Presenting Sponsor of the first-ever Young Athletes Festival, which will provide children and their families the opportunity to take part in the Young Athletes program, free health screenings, family seminars and more. The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games will be hosted by New Jersey from June 14th – 21st, 2014.