Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
Muscular Dystrophy Association
National Down Syndrome Society
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
Spina Bifida Association
United Cerebral Palsy
Ongoing Support for the Special Needs Community
Toys"R"Us and the Toys"R"Us Children's Fund together are extremely proud of their ongoing support of organizations that advocate for children with special needs. Grant recipients for 2012 include the following leading national organizations:
Autism Speaks is the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization. Since the partnership began in 2007, Toys''R''Us has helped Autism Speaks receive $16 million through in-store and online fundraising campaigns, donations from both the Toys''R''Us Children's Fund and Toys''R''Us, Inc. and the efforts of employees who volunteer to raise additional funds at more than 80 Walk Now for Autism Speaks events held in communities across the United States and Canada. Toys''R''Us also serves as the North American sponsor of the Autism Speaks walk program. As a result of the company's ongoing partnership with Autism Speaks, Toys''R''Us, Inc. was honored in 2012 with the Marketplace Award by Disability Matters. The company was also honored by the PR News CSR Awards in 2012 for its online efforts to support Autism Speaks.
Best Buddies® is dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Best Buddies has grown from one original chapter to almost 1,500 middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Today, Best Buddies' seven programs positively impacts the lives of nearly 700,000 people with and without disabilities around the world.
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) - www.chadd.org
Founded in 1987, CHADD provides education, advocacy and support for individuals with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.
Co-founded by actress Eva Longoria, Eva's Heroes is an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals with intellectual special needs by providing an inclusive setting built on four tenets: interact, grow, learn, and love. Based in San Antonio, Texas, the organization helps teens and young adults with special needs to integrate and flourish in society. Ms. Longoria was on the cover of the 2011 Toys''R''Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids.
HollyRod Foundation was founded in 1997 by actress, author and philanthropist Holly Robinson Peete and her husband former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete. The HollyRod Foundation helps provide compassionate care and a better quality of life for individuals and their families living with autism or Parkinson’s disease. Ms. Peete was on the cover of the 2010 Toys''R''Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids.
MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.
The mission of the National Down Syndrome Society is to be the national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. The National Down Syndrome Society envisions a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations, and become valued members of welcoming communities.
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children - www.nopbc.org
The National Organization of Parents of Blind Children is made up of families, teachers, and friends of blind children reaching out to each other to offer vital support, encouragement, and information. Through seminars, training, advocacy, a national magazine, and a positive attitude toward blindness and the abilities of blind people, NOPBC fulfills its mission to create a climate of opportunity for blind children at home, in school, and in the community.
Special Olympics is a global movement dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities through sport, thereby creating inclusive and joyful communities where every single person is accepted and welcomed, regardless of ability or disability. The Toys''R''Us Children's Fund has for several years directed grants to Special Olympics to support the national expansion of the Young Athletes program, an innovative play program for children ages 2-7 that develops critical early cognitive, social and motor skills and introduces kids to the world of sports. In 2012, the Toys''R''Us Children's Fund pledged $1 million to become the first Founding Partner of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games and the Presenting Sponsor of the first Young Athletes Festival, a unique event that will debut at the Games in June 2014.
The Spina Bifida Association is the nation's only national voluntary health agency dedicated to serving the needs of the more than three quarters of a million people who comprise the Spina Bifida Community. The Spina Bifida Association serves its community through education, research, services and advocacy.
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) educates, advocates and provides support services through an affiliate network to ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities. Together with nearly 100 affiliates, UCP has a mission to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people disabilities by supporting more than 176,000 children and adults every day. For more than 60 years, UCP has worked to ensure the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in every facet of society. Together, with parents and caregivers, UCP will continue to help people with disabilities to dream their own dreams.