As technology evolves, many parents with special needs children are finding some support with devices such as the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. Some apps have helped family improve communication, other have benefited the child directly. Apps appear to help in many different ways and are developed by a wide range of developers from well established companies to parents that created their own app to help and support their own children. They main focus being to support children with special needs.
A big player in the community is Gary James. Gary has created Apps for Children with Special Needs (a4cwsn) to help families, carers and the wider community of educators and therapist by producing video app demo to show how some apps have been designed to help children with special needs.
Gary offers an independent source of information that provides valuable info and insight on the project. Today he has reviewed over 300 apps for iPod/iPhone/iPad and each video discuss which skills the apps focus on teaching, how the apps work, and how well they carry out their educational aim — all accompanied by a visual walk-through.
Gary James goal goes one step beyond the app review process since he has developed a campaign –iPAds4U - to provide iPads to as many families dealing with Special Needs as he possibly can. One step in the project is the Biggest Worldwide App Party ever on Facebook that will be held on Saturday June 11, from 9am EST (New York Time) and will be on the Facebook Page of a4cwsn.
More than 100 of the best developers - including Oceanhouse Media, MobileEducation Store, Ruckus Media, AbelNet, Silver Kite, Grembe Apps, Legend, iDevBooks, Fishdog, Brain Parade, Kiboomu, Jungle Education, Binary Labs, Gary Brown’s Autism Apps, Thumb Arcade, Nosy Crow, Grace and many more - have donated for free thousands of apps for the occasion. (View full list)
What will happen during the App Party?
"The App giveaway takes the form of a game in which all participants compete for the correct codes that will unlock their access to the free App, which they can then download from iTunes for free."
As well as giving away what is expected to be in excess of 2500 promo codes for Apps on the iPad, iPhone and iTouch Gary James will also be giving away a number of iPad 2's to parents of children with Special Needs on the day to eligible families.
James said "This is part of our iPads4U campaign to help those who would otherwise find this technology unaffordable. There can be no doubt at all that touch tablet technology is opening up a new world of interactive communication for children with special needs, and we can't wait to spread the word, but our campaign relies entirely on generous donations from sponsors and philanthropists and we have a long waiting list so any additional support we get would be great"
In order for you to be eligible to win one of the many iPad’s A4CWSN will be giving away you need to do the following things:
1 - Like a4cwsn on Facebook
2 - Be involved in Special Needs
3 - Purchase a ticket and make a minimum donation of $10 towards the iPad fund, each ticket is $10 and you can buy as many as you like. We will put all of the names into a “hat” and pull out the winners on Saturday June 11th and / or Sunday June 12th. This process will be on Video for you all to watch.
Some codes will be posted on Facebook and some will be given away in the form of questions on the a4cwsn web-site, where you have the chance to win upwards of 10 Apps in one go.
The party will be split into 2 parts:
- mainly Educational Apps and
- Special Need Specific Apps
How can help and support Apps for Children with Special Needs?
If you are not a parent of a special need but would like to donate and help support Gary James in his campaign to help parents and children, you can contact Gary directly: Gary James at (Gary(at)a4cwsn(dot)com) (replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .)
Based on parents experience tablets and apps can help support children with special needs, so make sure you let everyone around you know and join in the app party on Saturday!
If you are using apps that helped you and your kids, please share with us and leave a comment.
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