Friday, February 10, 2012

What happened here???

A4CWSN is infamous for promising the world, and delivering nothing. The 50/50/50 tour followed this cycle of deception. Each of the recipients were promised to receive an iPad "LOADED" with apps. This did not happen. After several recipients called foul, a private group was form to facilitate the codes being given out. The problem is, if ANY of the recipients asked questions about accountability, transparency or what they were promised, they were a)not allowed in the group b)banned from A4CWSN altogether or c)both.  Therefore, a "prize" valued at $1,200 quickly became a $499 iPad, in the blink of an eye. Because they dared to ask a question.

The following conversation took place on twitter. Read from the bottom of the pictures upwards to the top (and each post bottom to top).  Pay close attention to the tweets between @a4cwsn and @WildeL8y


Here's a linky do - if he deletes post though, I'm not sure they'll stay on this page- again, scroll to the bottom and read upwards. 

@WildeL8y was a 50/50/50 recipient.  

She is one of the lucky ones who actually had access to the 50/50/50 group, so that she could get the apps she was promised, well, kind of.
Some of the moms who decided to speak out against A4CWSN were not included in this group. 
He also in those tweets above, just threatened to remove her from that group, if she didn't stop asking her simple question. 

These iPads were supposed to be "loaded" with apps.  Having a value at approximately $1200 when all was said and done. 


Doesn't seem like that's the case though. 
These are some of the apps that were promised.









(Last one is difficult to read, I know). 


I have heard through the rumour mill and have had confirmed by those close to some of these developers that Sosh expired. 50.freaking.codes.gone.done.no.one.got.them. 

Here's a list of some apps that were given (cannot confirm if any others were given), and some tweets to developers thanking them for donating to the 50/50/50 campaign.... 




I see Ocean House Media....

  • I also know that only *3* AAC apps went out. THREE! And not only were they NOT given to the child who had the most need, but there was a game of favourites.  
  • The iLive apps were 8 or 9 different codes for EACH of the 10 apps, so recipients had to pick ONE app of the list of 10. They did NOT get all 10 apps. 
  • Codes were given on a first come, first served basis.  Which implies that 50 codes of each app were not given.  

I've also heard that he referred to anyone who asked for these apps as "feeling entitled"... kinda funny considering he claims these developers are giving these apps to assist these children and giving them their voice.  Kind of hard to do when a)you only give out *3* freaking AAC apps, and b) don't give out the apps promised to begin with!

I also know he had some of the app codes during the tour- so why he didn't give each person a list of codes with the delivery of their iPad, just boggles the mind. 

Oh and hey, what ever happened to this press release for the developer who gave the most?

But hey, don't let me tell you things aren't on the up and up. 

32 comments:

  1. We need an app to keep up with the lies.

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  2. I hope if nothing else that people's eyes will be opened! The SN is a vulnerable community. We need to protect one another from those that prey on our families. Thank you for shining a bright light of scrutiny on this questionable Facebook page administered by Gary James of CT.

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  3. I get so mad when he pulls the "feeling entitled" card. That's not fair at all. He makes it seem like they were given an iPad, promised no apps, and then asked for apps. Not the case. They ARE entitled to the things they were promised.
    It's like winning a Disney vacation, getting to the hotel and finding out you aren't actually getting tickets to Disney. But you have no right to complain, because you got a hotel.
    And the fact that developers DID donate codes that he let just expire for NO REASON. That makes me sad.

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  4. You are such an asshole Tiffany.

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    1. Hmmn coward behind your computer anonymous? Hmm
      -Steph

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  5. And....why is Tiffany wrong? Lieing is acceptable to you? Wow....someone didnt listen to the moral and values their parents taught you....

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  6. hmmmm, guess you must have struck a nerve of truth here, don't ya think?

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  7. There is no reason to doubt what has been told in this blog. Hopefully the AG of CT gets copies of all of the information that has been brought to light here and puts a stop to the fraud that is being perpetuated by this A4 group. Honestly, if there were no truth to what has been exposed then there would be no reason for the harassment and threats that have been happening. If A4 were innocent of any wrong doing then they would just sit back and let things unravel. Parents are not idiots and especially when advocating for our children whether or not they are SN. But look out if you piss off a mama bear.... we protect our children no matter what!!! Why would someone like A4, who claims to want to help SN families, exploit the parents and children as they have?? I don't know... get some kind of sick enjoyment from screwing others over.... sorry... JMHO

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  8. No worries...your true colors are shining away!!!
    What a HOOT HOOT!!!
    Mmmmhhhhhh..still wondering who I am now?

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    1. Please tell me the Hoot Hoot stuff is a giant joke and you realize how ridiculous and uneducated it makes you sound. Cause I honestly can't imagine a 50 year old woman saying that and thinking they sound intelligent and mature. I really can't.

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  9. And...IM WAY MORE than just a "momma bear". No need to attack back...I know what to expect. I really don't give a crap. Tiffany...you really need to get a life other than A4 bashing...it's pathetic. ;-)

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  10. you poor thing - truth hurts, buttercup - suck it up and grow a pair.

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  11. awww... don't make it the parents fault! That would be like saying that the children of A4 are moral and valueless... that just isn't fair. What I will say is that we all have choices in life... apparently the "wrong road" was the right one for A4...

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  12.  Sadly this the response we have all learned to expect from A4.

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  13. I actually prefer bitch, just sayin'.

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  14. Thank you for documenting all this Tiffany!! I have watched him promise the world to  people over and over and not come through. I also have never understood why the more expensive and 'needed' apps were not given out based on who could actually USE them? What's the point of giving an AAC app to a child who speaks while the non-verbal child gets passed over because their parent wasn't vocal enough???

    I think people donating to their page are under the assumption that these things are being awarded to those in NEED, not just to his favorites who promoted the page the loudest!! I also am getting the impression that many who signed up for a free iPad thought they were awarded by need and also in some kind of order. He has everyone fill out an application for one, but that seems to be a rouse to harvest names and addresses. ( In case you speak out against him in the future he can sue you I guess)

    It's sad because the parents most in need are the ones who have the least amount of time to be endlessly promoting his business!!! Brilliant plan on his part to have such a large motivated workforce that donates for the privilege of making HIM money by working tirelessly for free promoting his page and developers who support A$. I honestly do not believe a single app review generated from that page since he has stated on his page NOT to give a bad review to apps that were donated,...... in fact, as time goes on, I am  purposely avoiding developers who support this shameless scam man.

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    1. So true hun! Ipads4U application said based on need thise would get Ipads first. So why is it games were played nightly for ipads and the so called winners were yes deserving and their children needed ipads to but you had parents of nonverbal children playing along and they were passed by! I know one in particular. Its enraging to see. Made me so sad. You are right on in everything you stated here!
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  15.  That is a FACT! I am sure Tiffany will concur it's like a part time job there is SO much.

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  16.  A classy and intelligient response.....oh hang on I'm being sarcastic to you Anonymous. Hope that didn't go over your head. This blog presents the facts in an articulate, dignified and concise manner. You however are obviously missing a few grey cells.

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  17. And whoever got the Wii?

    The other kicker to this is yes just as you said, there should have been a list of codes and apps that was delivered when the ipads were as well as frankly they should have all already been loaded.

    Think I now know where all the apps came from for the parties and such he did!  Wonder if he sold any on ebay?
     

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  18. the Wii was given. I have no clue if it actually ever made it to the destination. 

    The apps couldn't come pre loaded, because then A4 would need to share their iTunes account, and then he would only require 1 code for each app, vs 50.  If he gives them all a code, then everyone gets the app on their own iTunes account.  (If it was on someone else's iTunes account the moment they went to sync the other apps would be gone). 

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  19. AutismMamaDontPlayThatFebruary 10, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    That would be "Miss Bitch" in my world. It's like Highlander...there can be only one, and I be that one. ;)

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  20. I will be so happy when he is in orange

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  21. "Garywatch" app! And free codes for all SN families!

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  22. whilst we are on the topic of missing codes that were promised by A4 when we were tirelessly donating and promoting...did anyone ever get to go to the Roger Waters concert????

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  23. I gave 3 ipads to this campaign under the belief that not only was this a non profit and that my deduction was tax deductible but also that all of the ipads would be more or less doubled in value with the cases and apps that he promised to provide.  He stated on his site that these ipads would be worth $1,200 I am disgusted by his attitude and was not only banned and publicly black listed for asking but was called scum and told I should not be allowed around special needs children???  

    Does this seem odd to anyone? I never took a thing from that site but donated over $2,200 to help other families with special needs children and then he does this to me?

    I have always supported the special needs community and have always advocated on behalf of our children, if people think I am bad because I saw inconsistencies and asked questions then that is very sad.

    A4CWSN did not fulfill their promise and because of that I feel that the donation should be returned.

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  24. Interestingly I have not been kicked out of the "group". Instead there have been no new posts in the group that was dispensing the apps to the 50/50. That's okay though. I have the detailed list of all of the apps that we're donated to the recipients back in July 2011. I will simply contact each developer privately, show them the conversation, and ask if they are willing to fulfill the commitment that was made to my child. I will always advocate for my daughters' best interest.

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  25. I was also never contacted about apps and neither was Abby's teacher who received the ipad and an in person verbal promise for apps from Mr James. I checked periodically to see if we were supposed to contact anyone and never heard or saw anything. I feel bad that I donated the loaded ipad and they got nothing but the ipad. Sure its a great gesture but this class was very excited about what they were going to be able to do with no fight for funding. I was unaware of a secret group...probably because I wasnt invited.

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  26. I have a tshirt that says I'm not a bitch, I'm THE Bitch..and it's Miss Bitch to you!

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  27. But my question is why are almost all these developers still donating to him and still backing him 100%. And that kinda language he is using under the A4 name is disgusting.
    Why yes Gray you are a freakin criminal . And i am going to start a war with this but i must speak my mind.
     Secondly why i am shocked Grammie is being attacked she along with another A4 mother went along with Gary and accoused me of lying about my daughter and making everything up about my daughter  when i have paperwork to prove so although i need not to defend my child or her diagnoses. They do not live with my child etc
    So i am unsure why all of sudden Gary is attacking her all of sudden but regardeless i am sorry he is attacking her now so sad.

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  28. I know of a few who have spotted. I give them thumbs up and kudos. Not easy to go against the crowd.

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