Monday, June 13, 2011


Hello RettGirls!

I actually had to take a few days to calm down before I was able to write a blog about this week's feature, A4CWSN! An incredible website you can find listed at in our Product Reviews for Websites and in our iPAD section!

For anyone who does not have Facebook or vanished off the planet in the last week A4CWSN stands for Apps for Children With Special Needs.

Seems like a simple enough thing right? At first look, it's a website that reviews apps. Oh but no no no -- it is so much more than that!

Rewind....When we first got our iPAD from a generous donor who had read my personal blog, I was so jazzed I ran out and bought every app I had heard of. Yep, that's right. Spent all of $200.00 on apps I couldn't customize the way I needed them or because I heard a blip somewhere that they were cool. Turns out my daughter had only slight interest in a select few. Those select few happened to be between free and $1.99.

She had no interest and no ability to touch the iPAD. I know, Duh Terri. I thought it was going to be magic or something. I think like all RettMoms, I am one of those that buys everything I think might help or spark her interest. I have gone through a fortune doing this and I don't have a fortune.

Gary James and his team..mostly him I'm pretty sure, have developed a site where they review each featured app with a video demonstration. So, you don't just have a screenshot and hope for the best before you click out those big bucks. You actually get to see them in action!

This past weekend Gary hosted a 3-day party...which still seems to be ongoing..where he gave away thousands...yes thousands of apps to special needs parents. Some by first-come, first-serve. Some by find the real code, by draw and by a "tell me your story" approach. I, myself, won a $200.00 communication app for my daughter. I cant wait to really get in there and set it up. I am so excited.

Not only did Mr. James have this party and give away apps. He also gave away iPads, iPods and more. He spoke to each person who won by post or email and did it with charm, wit, graciousness and so much more from a parent who knows.

I invite you all to check out A4CWSN. There really is a ton of stuff to learn there. Visit his site, support his efforts. He is providing an invaluable service to children like ours all over the world!

From A4CWSN:

Apps for Children with Special Needs (a4cwsn) is committed to helping the families and carers of children with special needs and the wider community of educators and therapists who support them, by producing videos that demonstrate how products designed to educate children and build their life skills really work from a user perspective. Our aim is that these videos, along with relevant information and advice from an independent source you can trust, provides valuable insight into whether a product is suitable for its intended purpose or not, enabling sensible buying decisions to be made. We hope this site and its content provides a valuable resource to the community that serves our precious children with special needs. Please let us know how we can improve the service we offer, or indeed how you can help us to do a better job, by emailing


Have a wonderful week everyone!
Terri V~For RettGirl

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