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Donation helps people with autism

Published: Saturday, March 23, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT
Secure Recycling Services in Dixon recently donated an iPad to the residents of Kreider Services Willow Lane Group home. Pictured are Jeff Stauter, Kreider Services CEO (from left); Jen Heller, home supervisor; and Jason Wagner, group home resident; accepting the iPad from Greg Gates, SRS director of information and recycling. Photo submitted by Kreider Services.

DIXON – In observance of March Disability Awareness Month, Secure Recycling Services in Dixon donated an iPad to the residents of Kreider Services’ Willow Lane group home.

While electronic recycling is one of its many business endeavors, One of SRS’s prime objectives is to help support services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Since the beginning of the year, part of the recent sales from SRS was used to underwrite the first purchase of a new iPad.

“Using the iPad device empowers a person who has difficulty communicating to have their desires and ideas heard,” Jeff Stauter, Kreider Services’ CEO, said.

The health application can help identify if a person does not feel well, if there is pain, and where the pain is located on a body map.

“With this device, Kreider Services staff can create personalized boards to help each person better communicate with staff and with each other.

“The educational applications seem unlimited, This will open a door for a lot of other clients at Kreider Services, it is exciting,”Jen Heller, home supervisor, said.

SRS plans to continue donating additional devices for individuals at Kreider Services.

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