Toys “R” Us has released the 2015 edition of its Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids. Providing help in identifying the best toys for each child’s individual needs, the Guide, rather than categorizing by diagnosis, tags toys with icons for fine motor, social, language, auditory, and other skills. The Toy Guide also provides recommendations for mobile apps suitable for children with physical, cognitive, or developmental disabilities.
Toys “R” Us has made its special needs Toy Guide available both in print and online, in English and in Spanish.
Supporting Toy “R” Us this year is singer-songwriter and television personality, Nick Lachey, who has a brother with Asperger syndrome and has been an advocate for children through his personal charitable foundation. Josephine Gonzalez of New Jersey shares the cover of the Toy Guide this year with Nick.
I’m glad they produce this. We need a new term besides “differently-abled” though. It’s a linguistically awkward term, and so blatantly PC that it manages to come full circle back to being condescending.