Toys “R” Us Announces National Partnership with Autism Speaks
World’s Greatest Toy Store Helps Raise Funds and Awareness for Nation’s Fastest- Growing Developmental Disorder through Sponsorship of Autism Walk Events And In-Store Fundraising Campaign
WAYNE, NJ (February 6, 2007) – Today, Toys “R” Us announced its support of Autism Speaks in its commitment to fund research that will help uncover the causes of, develop effective treatments for and ultimately find a cure for autism.
In an effort to raise money and public awareness about the disorder, Toys “R” Us will serve as the national sponsor of the Autism Speaks Walk Now for Autism program, a series of fundraising walk events in communities across the country. Additionally, in conjunction with Autism Awareness Month in April, Toys “R” Us will conduct a seven-week, in-store fundraising campaign in all of its 586 locations nationwide. To launch the partnership, the Toys “R” Us Children’s Fund will provide a $250,000 grant to Autism Speaks.
“With one in 166 children in the United States diagnosed with autism each year, most people know someone who has been affected by this heartbreaking disorder,” said Jerry Storch, Chairman and CEO, Toys “R” Us, Inc.
“As a company committed to all children and families, Toys “R” Us is proud to partner with Autism Speaks to help solve the puzzle and find the cause of, and cure for, autism.”
“We are thrilled to have Toys “R” Us join us as our National Walk Sponsor and valued fundraising partner,” said Mark Roithmayr, President of Autism Speaks. “
By creating this partnership, there’s a significantly greater opportunity to educate families and communities across the country about autism and generate much-needed funds to support our research initiatives.”
Autism Speaks Walk Now for Autism Events
Beginning this month and continuing through November, Toys “R” Us will sponsor more than 60 fundraising walk events across the country as the national sponsor of the Autism Speaks Walk Now for Autism program. From New York City to San Francisco, this series of signature fundraising events is expected to attract thousands of participants and provide families, friends and professional caregivers an opportunity to contribute to the fight against autism. Toys “R” Us employees will also join in the fight by forming regional walk teams in their local communities. The complete schedule of Autism Speaks Walk Now for Autism events may be found at www.autismspeaks.org.
Fundraising Campaign in Toys “R” Us Stores
In conjunction with Autism Awareness Month in April, all Toys “R” Us locations nationwide will conduct an in-store fundraising campaign from Sunday, March 18 through Friday, May 4. For seven weeks, the company will carry out an aggressive marketing program to engage customers and employees in an effort to raise funds to benefit Autism Speaks’ research endeavors. Additionally, online shoppers will be able to make cash contributions by visiting www.toysrus.com/autismspeaks.
Autism, a disorder that inhibits a child’s ability to communicate and form relationships, currently affects almost 1.5 million people in the United States. Part of a group of disorders known as autism spectrum disorders, autism is more common than pediatric cancer, diabetes and AIDS combined. As a company with a long history of advocating for children, Toys “R” Us is united in its commitment with Autism Speaks to provide a voice for children and families affected by autism.
About Toys “R” Us, Inc.
Toys “R” Us is the world’s leading specialty toy retailer. Currently it sells merchandise through more than 1,500 stores, including 586 stores in the U.S. and 678 international toy stores, which includes licensed and franchise stores, and through its Internet site at http://www.toysrus.com/. Babies “R” Us is the largest baby product specialty store chain in the world and a leader in the juvenile industry, and sells merchandise through 251 stores in the U.S. as well as on the Internet at http://www.babiesrus.com/.
About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of the growing autism epidemic and to raising money to fund scientists who are searching for a cure. The organization was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright. Bob Wright is Vice Chairman and Executive Officer, General Electric, and Chairman and CEO, NBC Universal. Autism Speaks and the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR) combined operations in February 2006, bringing together two of the leading organizations dedicated to accelerating and funding biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism spectrum disorders; to increasing awareness of the nation’s fastest growing developmental disorder; and to advocating for the needs of affected families. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit www.autismspeaks.org.
Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid.
ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.
The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t work. In study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work.
What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.
The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth.
The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome.
This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.
Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.
Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.
Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.