MEGA BRANDS NAMED PRESENTING SPONSOR OF INAUGURAL MONTREAL WALK NOW FOR AUTISM SPEAKS CANADA

June 19 Event Will Raise Awareness and Funds for
Autism Research, Family Services, Awareness Initiatives

MONTREAL, May 19 /CNW/ - Autism Speaks Canada, who together with Autism Speaks forms North America's largest autism science and advocacy organization, today announced that MEGA Brands will be the presenting sponsor of the inaugural Montreal Walk Now for Autism Speaks Canada, to be held on June 19 at Stade Uniprix. Autism spectrum disorders is now diagnosed in 1 in every 110 children, including 1 in 70 boys, making it the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in North America.

Walk Now for Autism Speaks is the signature fundraising initiative of Autism Speaks Canada. In 2010, more than 150,000 people participated in over 3 Walk Now for Autism Speaks events across Canada, raising nearly $1.1 million to support Autism Speaks' research and advocacy efforts.

"We are extremely grateful to MEGA Brands for their leadership in sponsoring this year's Montreal Walk Now for Autism Speaks Canada, which will raise critical funding for autism research and family services initiatives as we continue to fight for answers that will help families here in Montreal and across the country," said Suzanne Lanthier, Executive Director of Autism Speaks Canada. "Our Walk events not only raise money and awareness, they provide families with a great opportunity to come together for an important cause. We thank MEGA Brands for its commitment to our cause and for ensuring that the Montreal Walk Now for Autism Speaks will be a tremendous success in its inaugural year."

"We're excited and proud to have this wonderful opportunity to partner with Autism Speaks Canada, an organization that recognizes the need to help Canadian families with autism by raising awareness and funds," said Vic Bertrand, Chief Innovation Officer at MEGA Brands.  By walking in the Inaugural Montreal Walk Now for Autism Speaks, we look forward to getting involved in our community by taking part in a day filled with fun and laughter for families with autism to enjoy."

For more information about the Montreal Walk Now for Autism Speaks Canada, please visit www.walknowforautismspeaks.ca or contact Lisa Wedmann - 416-362-6227, ext 210; lisa.wedmann@autismspeaks.org

About Mega Brands
MEGA Brands is a trusted family of leading global brands in construction toys, games & puzzles, arts & crafts and stationery. They offer engaging creative experiences for children and families through innovative, well-designed, affordable and high-quality products. Visit http://www.megabrands.com for more information.  Follow us on Twitter @megabrands.

The MEGA logo, Mega Bloks, Rose Art, MEGA Puzzles, MEGA Games and Board Dudes are trademarks of MEGA Brands Inc. or its affiliates.

About Autism
Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 110 children, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The prevalence of autism increased 57 percent from 2002 to 2006. Autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.

About Autism Speaks & Autism Speaks Canada
Autism Speaks together with Autism Speaks Canada forms North America's largest autism science and advocacy organization. Since its inception in 2005, Autism Speaks has made enormous strides, committing over $142.5 million to global research initiatives through 2014 and developing innovative new resources for families. The organization is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.  Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 80 cities across North America. To learn more about Autism Speaks Canada, please visit www.autismspeaks.ca. Information on Autism Speaks US can be found at www.autismspeaks.org

SOURCE Autism Speaks Canada

For further information:

AUTISM SPEAKS CANADA/MEGA BRANDS
Lisa Wedmann, Manager Communications - Autism Speaks Canada
888.362.6227, ext 210; lisa.wedmann@autismspeaks.org

Amy Gregus, Communications Specialist - MEGA Brands
514.333.5555 ext. 2507, agregus@megabrands.com


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