Toys ‘R’ Us Raises More than $1.1 Million to Help Autism Speaks Combat the Nation’s Fastest-Growing Developmental Disorder
Support From the Toys “R” Us Children’s Fund Continues with National Sponsorship of the Autism Speaks Walk Now for Autism Program
WAYNE, NJ (May 17, 2007) — Today, Toys “R” Us and the Toys “R” Us Children’s Fund announced that their nationwide campaign to benefit Autism Speaks raised more than $1.1 million to support crucial autism research and advocacy.
For seven weeks, as part of Autism Awareness Month, all Toys “R” Us stores across the country, and www.toysrus.com, collected cash donations in an effort to help solve the puzzle of autism. All money raised during the campaign will go directly to Autism Speaks to fund important autism research programs and help provide a voice for children affected by the disorder.
“We were truly gratified by the tremendous outpouring of support we received from our customers, employees, and communities for this initiative that will further the important works of Autism Speaks,” said Jerry Storch, Chairman and CEO, Toys “R” Us, Inc.
“The mission of the Toys “R” Us Children’s Fund is to help children in need, and we are pleased that our fundraising efforts will benefit the more than 1.5 million kids and families in the United States impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorders.”
In conjunction with the fundraising campaign, Toys “R” Us created the “Ten Toys That Speak to Autism,” a unique resource for families, friends and caregivers of children with autism. This special list features everyday toys that promote skills that contribute to an autistic child’s development. The list also includes early warning signs of autism to provide customers with important information on the disorder. The list continues to be available at www.Toysrus.com/autismspeaks.
“We are thrilled with the results of the Toys “R” Us in-store fundraising campaign, which far exceeded our expectations,” said Mark Roithmayr, President of Autism Speaks. “Toys “R” Us has been a tremendous partner and because of its dedication to this campaign we are one step closer to finding a cure for autism.”
In addition to the fundraising campaign, Toys “R” Us currently serves as the national sponsor of the Autism Speaks Walk Now for Autism program, a series of more than 60 fundraising walk events occurring over ten months in cities from coast-to-coast. Across the country, Toys “R” Us employees are joining in the effort by forming teams in their local communities to participate in the walk events.
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/.
Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by extreme behavioral challenges. Autism Spectrum Disorders are diagnosed in one in 150 children in the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The diagnosis of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.
ABOUT AUTISM SPEAKS
Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism, and to advocating for the needs of affected families. It was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Bob Wright is Chairman of NBC Universal and Vice Chairman, General Electric. Autism Speaks has merged with both the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR) and Cure Autism Now (CAN), bringing together the nation’s three leading autism advocacy organizations. 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.