Skylanders Partners with Autism Speaks with Limited Edition Superchargers Toys

Skylanders Partners with Autism Speaks with Limited Edition Superchargers Toys

Autism touches our home in a very unique way, our middle son John-Benjamin was diagnosed with Non-Verbal Autism right after he turned three.  Since his diagnosis we’ve worked hard and doing what we thought was best for our son and learning as much as we can about Autism.  I always love learning about companies who support the Autism community as much as they can, and that’s why I am happy to learn about the partnership with Skylanders and Autism Speaks for Autism Awareness Month, with the production of limited edition ‘Light It Up Blue’ Superchargers Toys called the Power Blue Crew.skylanders superchargersThanks to Skylanders for sending us the four toys limited edition Power Blue Crew toys to feature on our site.  Our package included two character figures and two Superchargers vehicles.

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-the Skylanders Power Blue crew- for Autism Awareness Month

Available now, the Power Blue crew features blue-and-white-colored Skylanders SuperChargers characters including Splatter Splasher, Trigger Happy, Splat and Gold Rusher – all of which appear in-game as their special colors! These characters will retail at the suggested price of $12.99 (SuperChargers) and $14.99  (vehicles).

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Skylanders is supporting Autism in several ways beyond the creation of Power Blue toys:

  • Supporting an employee-match donation program for Autism Speaks
  • Encouraging participation in the Autism Speaks Walk on April 2 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Ca in support of World Autism Awareness Day
  • Activision is also making donations to non-profits that are making a difference in the autism community

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“Autism affects one in every 42 boys and one in 68 children in the U.S. We’re proud to work with Skylanders, an iconic franchise that’s known for bringing joy and magic to kids and families,” said Peter Morton, Vice President of Corporate Development at Autism Speaks. “This year’s Light it up Blue campaign for World Autism Awareness Day marks our first alliance with a videogame and toy, and we couldn’t be more excited.”

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“Since the debut of the franchise, we’ve heard from parents that Skylanders plays a special role in the lives of their kids on the autism spectrum,” says Josh Taub, Senior Vice President of Skylanders Product Management, Activision. “The entire Skylanders team was deeply committed and proud to bring these special toys to life. If they can put a smile on a child’s face, then we know we’ve done our job right.”

For more information please visit https://www.skylanders.com/ or connect on social media on Instagram @SkylanderstheGame, Twitter @SkylandersGame and Facebook.com/SkylandersGame. 

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Thanks to the generosity of Skylanders one lucky reader will win their own Power Blue Crew Limited Edition Skylander.  The giveaway is open to US residents 18 and older.  Ends March 30th, 2016.  Enter via the tool below.  Good Luck.

Skylanders Blue Power Crew Giveaway

AMC Theaters Offers Sensory Friendly Films

AMC Theaters Offers Sensory Friendly Films

My son’s autism comes with some challenges and one of them includes a sensory issue with sounds.  He doesn’t like very loud sounds it bothers him a lot.  One of the things I assumed we would have to skip with him was going to the movies.  Imagine how ecstatic I was to learn that AMC Movie Theaters were offering sensory friendly showings for families of children with special needs.

About the program:

The program provides a special opportunity for families to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing!

The idea for the program began with a request from a parent with an autistic child for a special screening at AMC Columbia Mall 14 in Columbia, MD. More than 300 children and parents attended the first screening.

We are thrilled to now offer the program at many locations nationwide — please see below for a complete list of participating theatres. As a leading theatrical exhibition company, we are so proud to be making a difference in the estimated 1.5 million Americans living with an autism spectrum disorder by offering families a chance to see a movie together — often for the very first time.

Participating Locations in Baltimore:

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For a full list of participating theaters visit the AMC website to see if there is one near you.  It’s already May so you missed some of the showings but you can see what’s up for the rest of the year below.  They have some great options.

Saturday, May 30, 2015 –TOMORROWLAND

Saturday, June 27, 2015 – INSIDE OUT

Saturday, July 18, 2015 – MINIONS

Saturday, Aug, 2015 – TBD

Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 – HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA

Saturday, Oct 17, 2015 – THE JUNGLE BOOK

Saturday, Nov 14, 2015 – THE PEANUTS MOVIE

Saturday, Dec 5, 2015 – THE GOOD DINOSAUR

All shows are at 10:00 am local time. Dates and films are subject to change.

 

 

Help Raise Funds For Autism with Lindt Chocolates #LindtGivesBack

Help Raise Funds For Autism with Lindt Chocolates

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Easter is just around the corner and when Lindt reached out to me and asked if they could send some some chocolates and tell me about their partnership with Autism Speaks, of course I said – YES!  Two reasons, I love chocolate and I love sharing about a good cause.  I really like when companies get involved with helping out the community and I support efforts to help raise Autism Awareness.  My sister is Autistic and unfortunately my family didn’t know this until she was a teenager.  When she was younger she was just placed on medication for Attention Deficit Disorder.  No proper test were ran and so for the longest none of us never truly understood what she was going through until I saw a movie that discusses Autism and so much of it reminded me of my sister.  I started doing research and encouraged my mom to get her tested and when she did we found out she was indeed Autistic.

I received a few items from Lindt to sample and I plan to put them in the kids Easter Basket this year (I will post an updated picture once I finish creating them).  The highlight in the basket is the iconic Gold Bunny.

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This is Lindt’s sixth year partnering with Autism Speaks and raising funds for the organization.  They have raised over $600,000 dollars to date and this Easter season they plan to donate $130,000 through sales for the Gold Bunny, Celebrity Auctions and store activities.

“We know autism is a cause that touches millions of families and we are proud to again generate funds and awareness for the autism cause this Easter,” said Thomas Linemayr, president and CEO of Lindt USA.  “With the help of our consumers and through joyous Easter celebrations, Lindt has been able to raise more than half a million dollars for Autism Speaks.”

How You Can Get Involved:

Include Gold Bunnies in your Easter gifts this year.  Lindt plans to donate 10 cents from the sale of each bunny sold in the U.S. now through April, 20th up to $100,000.

Nick Lachey is one of nearly 100 celebrities participating in the 2014 Lindt GOLD BUNNY Celebrity Auction.

This month Lindt is hosting their 5th Gold Bunny Celebrity Auction which features porcelain versions of the iconic Lindt GOLD BUNNY figure autographed by top celebrities who have lent their signatures to the cause.  One hundred percent of the auction proceeds will benefit Autism Speaks.  For more information about the auction, visit LindtGoldBunnyAuction.com.

Through April 15th Lindt will  host a “Build a Better Easter Basket with Lindt GOLD BUNNY” game on the Lindt Facebook page where fans can help Lindt GOLD BUNNY find Lindt Easter collection novelties to build the ultimate Easter basket.  Hidden in the game are Autism Speaks puzzle pieces and when found the pieces will trigger donations to Autism Speaks.  Players will also have the chance to win one of twenty-five Lindt Easter baskets.  To learn more and enter for a chance to win and help raise funds, visit the Lindt Facebook page.

You can also visit Lindt stores to participate in special Autism Shopping nights where you will be treated to special discounts, complimentary chocolates, goodie bags and a chance to win a special Lindt Easter Basket.  Fifteen percent of sales at shopping nights will be donated to the Autism Speaks organization.  Some of the other offering for Easter include:

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NEW! Lindt Gold Bunny All Ears (1.7 oz): Get playful this Easter and dress up as the Lindt Gold Bunny. This set of plush GOLD BUNNY ears and the 1.7 oz hollow Milk Chocolate bunny will have everyone getting into the Easter spirit. SRP: $6.99

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NEW! Lindt Carrot Boxes (4.4 oz): This year the Easter bunny isn’t the only one eating carrots! Enjoy a variety of Lindt offerings in one playful, oversized carrot box. Each box includes favorites from this year’s Easter collection – Milk chocolate mini hollow figures, hazelnut crisp Bugs & Bees, hazelnut crisp Chocolate Carrots and LINDOR Milk Chocolate eggs. SRP: $6.99

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LINDOR Milk Chocolate Mini Egg Bag (3.5 oz): Give the gift of a smooth melting milk chocolate truffle this Easter – sure to be the favorite egg to hunt for! SRP: $2.99

I hope that you do include the Gold Bunny in your Easter giving this year and help Lindt support Autism Speaks.  They are great chocolates and any option you choose would make a great gift, whether you are giving it to a child or an adult.

 

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