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Supporting the Special Needs Community
Toys"R"Us Children's Fu
American Society for Deaf Children
Autism Speaks
Best Buddies International
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
Eva's Heroes
HollyRod Foundation
Muscular Dystrophy Association
National Down Syndrome Society
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
Special Olympics
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 2013 include the following leading national organizations:

American Society for Deaf Children -

The American Society for Deaf Children supports and educates families of deaf and hard-of-hearing children and advocates for high quality programs and services.

Autism Speaks -

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 $18 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 95 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 International -

Best Buddies® is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization 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 K. Shriver, Best Buddies' eight formal programs - Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies®, Jobs, Ambassadors, and Promoters - currently engage participants in each of the 50 states and in 50 countries, positively impacting the lives of nearly 700,000 people with and without disabilities around the world. Best Buddies Board Member Nancy O'Dell was on the cover of the 2012 Toys''R''Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids.

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) -

Founded in 1987, CHADD provides education, advocacy and support for individuals with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. CHADD is in the second year of its three-year goal to reach 15 million people in the U.S. affected by ADHD.

Eva's Heroes-

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 -

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.

Muscular Dystrophy Association -

MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by undfing worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.

National Down Syndrome Society -

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 -

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 -

Special Olympics is an international movement dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities through sport, thereby creating communities of joy, acceptance and dignity.

Spina Bifida Association -

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 -

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) works to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities through its international affiliate network. Founded in 1949, today UCP is one of the nation's leading organizations serving and advocating for the more than 54 million Americans with disabilities.