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This month's contributor:Gary James

Gary James is the founder and author of all content on ww.A4CWSN.com, a website packed with digital content and support for parents and educators who want to help children with special needs, specifically autism.

Gary tells us his story.

Children with Special Needs

A for Apps, A for Autism, A for anyone know who I should talk to now!

This is probably the most common question from parents after finding out their children have Autism or are on the Spectrum. Well I don’t have the answers, but I do have the APPS. When my son Benjamin was diagnosed it changed my life for the better, I left my 16 hour a day job working for Rolling Stone Magazine and dedicated all of my time to helping families with special needs. I started doing this by opening a company that provided Nannies to families for children with special needs for free, this meaning that I would search, interview and screen all the nannies that had experience working with special needs and do it on my own time and expense.

Then I got an iPad for him and it changed everything, letter tracing with his finger, speech therapy with a duck, ABA therapy with Flash Cards, Social Stories, Story Boards, you name it and the iPad had it all right out of the box. Now my sons speaks a little clearer, has a good sense of sequencing and understand how his day is structured as well as being able to kick some ANGRY BIRDS Butts (game).

Anyway from one father to all the other Fathers and Mothers out there, if you can afford to get an iPad, get one. It’s going to change your life. If you need help figuring out the APPS, look us up at www.a4cwsn.com Apps for Children with Special Needs and we will show you on video what the Apps do before you buy then.

Good luck and happy Apping.

Bio: Gary James was born in Middlesex, London and grew up in Cornwall.  He  represented Great Britain in the Decathlon. Gary moved to USA in 1992 and lives in Connecticut.  He is father of 5 soon to be 6 children and married to  Julianna.

Comments (0)

  1. Nianya Cambridge 28th March 2011 at 8:39 pm Reply

    I might have been tempted to buy an iPad for either my 15yo daughter or 8yo son if the option have been available when they were much younger and the economy was better. Now, it’s cost prohibitive, since the data fees are far too high. I do agree that there are some good apps out there for special needs kids though and have downloaded some for my Droid and yes we all love Angry Birds, especially the .99 Amazon version.

    However, electronics can be addictive especially to ASD kids and we are dealing with that issue with our son. We have to limit both his Ds and his computer time.

  2. Shopyourheartout 9th June 2011 at 5:47 am Reply

    You probably didn’t notice but Gary James’s site, A4cwsn.com, is one big paid advertisement masked as reviews of apps. See the site here http://a4cwsn.com/advertising-on-a4cwsn/

    I just thought that parents should know about this and you may want to endorse a different site when it comes to apps for special needs kids. Mr. James is deceiving many parents like me.

    1. Zbobbradley 11th June 2011 at 1:04 pm Reply

      This comment is just way off base. Gary James site has independent reviews and walk-throughs of hundreds of videos. Gary does not charge or get paid to do any of the videos. He has only recently opened up advertising on his site. A small handful of developers can now help support him by buying banners on his site, but he still does not charge for reviews. How do I know? I am an app developer with videos on his site. He put the videos of my apps up months ago for free. And I now proudly pay for one of those banners to help support his site.

      1. Anonymous 11th June 2011 at 1:09 pm Reply

        Thank you for posting this response. We have found Gary to be the genuine article too.

  3. Shopyourheartout 9th June 2011 at 5:47 am Reply

    You probably didn’t notice but Gary James’s site, A4cwsn.com, is one big paid advertisement masked as reviews of apps. See the site here http://a4cwsn.com/advertising-on-a4cwsn/

    I just thought that parents should know about this and you may want to endorse a different site when it comes to apps for special needs kids. Mr. James is deceiving many parents like me.

    1. Zbobbradley 11th June 2011 at 1:04 pm Reply

      This comment is just way off base. Gary James site has independent reviews and walk-throughs of hundreds of videos. Gary does not charge or get paid to do any of the videos. He has only recently opened up advertising on his site. A small handful of developers can now help support him by buying banners on his site, but he still does not charge for reviews. How do I know? I am an app developer with videos on his site. He put the videos of my apps up months ago for free. And I now proudly pay for one of those banners to help support his site.

      1. simonmlewis 11th June 2011 at 1:09 pm Reply

        Thank you for posting this response. We have found Gary to be the genuine article too.

      2. wordishonor 11th January 2012 at 12:56 pm Reply

        Actually, developers have been routinely approached by Mr. James, and kindly given a “reminder” of his important he is in the community. They have been threatened with blacklisting if they do not set their apps to free for a nameless “panel” to review, and show their “support” by paying hundreds of dollars in “advertising fees.” He certainly profits from his direct iTunes links (anyone with a website can do this… You make 5% of each app sold through the link on your site. I was never part of this webpage’s “inner circle,” but I have seen families who are clearly in need stay on the lot for almost a year, while Mr.James holds contests where , ironically, those closest to him have won not one, but TWO iPads for their children. There is also evidently a complaint that has been files with the Connecticut State Attorney’s office regarding the donation money, misappropriation of funds, and lack of transparency with regard to the iPads that have been privately donated by organizations and individuals, only to end up in the hands of those who are within Mr. James’ inner circle. It’s saddening, because many parents who once had faith in someone they saw as a great man have been cursed at, had their private information blasted on Twitter, and other strongarming, bully-type techniques used to get others to stop asking questions (even to the tune of having “legal papers” sent to many of his former supporters’ homes, threatening them not to speak anymore, lest they face litigation. I used to think that Gary James was a great man. Now I, like a very large, and growing population, have come to see him as an opportunist. Lies about having stage 3 cancer, being unable to pay his bills (a sympathy ploy to get his followers to rally behind him) all the while accepting cruises, taking every photo opportunity possible, and driving his personal vehicle to “hand deliver” the iPads (when the majority of travel expenses were paid for him through donors). Why not spend that money trying to help more families? I believe that soon, there will be many more than the few thousand who have begun looking into this mess, and when the dust settles, Gary James will possibly go down as one of the worst types of attention seeking grifters in history. I don’t know the man personally, but I know he acts as a man with much to hide, and when it comes to money being used to help our children, it just turns my stomach.
        As far as “working for Rolling Stone…” there WAS a “Gary James” who worked for Rolling Stone Magazine…a very good journalist. However, the Gary James that we’re speaking of never wrote a single article for Rolling Stone. There are people doing intensive background checks on him now. He was “affiliated” with Rollig Stone, in the sense that he took care of some estate matters. A layperson would take his claim to mean that he wrote for RS or had an important function. He relies on half truths and making himself seem far more
        Important than he truly is. The sad part is, he has taken advantage of so many special needs families by preying upon the one thing they cling so tightly to…hope. His “smile in your face and threaten you when nobody’s looking…as I stab you in the back” behavior is disturbing and unbalanced. I have no doubt that people may not believe me today. But that’s the funny thing about history. It has a way of repeating itself. I’m sure the people who believed in David Koresh were all good people who didn’t realise until it was too late that they had been duped.

  4. Julia Clarkson 10th March 2013 at 10:05 pm Reply

    I was conned by him 2 years ago when he said he was not for profit and asked for donations no receipt ever issued for said donations of mine and many others. Where there is smoke there is fire he has represented himself in so many ways eg. not for profit then just a man with a computer then finally admits he is a for profit business but there seems to be no financial accountability. There is a survivors page on Face book why would this be if many did not feel the same and there the brave ones that will stand upto him. If so good why is he cutrrently under investigation???

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