Playing With Passion

In 1993, Bob Savino, the manager of Mattel's mail services at the company's El Segundo headquarters, had an idea — to provide employment opportunities to people with disabilities and special needs.

He established an employee program with Hillside Enterprises, a division of ARC Long Beach, a local non-profit organization that serves people with disabilities. Together, Mattel and ARC created a program for our mailroom that employs people with intellectual and physical disabilities. The program has grown to more than 50 employees, and also has expanded to include a night time janitorial services team. Mattel is the largest single-location employer of people with disabilities in California.

Our experience has been that our employees with disabilities are highly motivated and passionate about their work, which inspires the rest of the employee population. We believe this program has changed perceptions and attitudes to further strengthen the inclusiveness and diversity of our corporate culture.

Playing To Grow

In 2005, Mattel established a partnership with Special Olympics that would support efforts to make a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities. We believe in their mission to bring dignity, acceptance and respect around the world to people with intellectual disabilities.

Mattel Honored

Mattel was recently honored for its commitment to people with disabilities with the 2010 Corporate Excellence Award by Equip for Equality at the organization's 25th anniversary celebration in Chicago. Read Full Release.

So Get Into It

SO GET INTO IT is a K-12 school-based set of resources designed to help children learn acceptance through interaction with others to make a difference. Funding from the Mattel Children's Foundation has in part expanded the program into more than 14,700 mainstream and special education schools, in more than 85 countries/195 programs impacting the lives of approximately 641,000 children.

Young Atheletes

THE YOUNG ATHLETES program engages with youth ages two through seven with intellectual disabilities and their families in age-appropriate play activities. More than 18,000 youth and 30,000 family members in more than 66 countries/119 programs have participated in the program with funding from the Mattel Children's Foundation.

More than 8,500 Mattel employees in 35 countries have volunteered at hundreds of local and national sports events, making this the first global volunteer experience for Mattel employees and the largest global corporate team of volunteers for the Special Olympics.

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