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Catching the Vision with the Friends of AuSSLC

By Joe Greenfield, Rehab Therapy Tech

iPads!! They’re here! We now have an iPad located in the computer lab for residents to use. The Friends purchased two iPads for AuSSLC. We have one in the computer lab, Bldg. 533, and Hab. Therapies received the other. We have already begun training residents on using the iPad. Several residents have begun to create their unique symbolic communication pages, while others have reignited their interest in reading and arithmetic. In addition to these benefits, we have witnessed an increase in client to client interaction while playing several strategy, logic, and manual dexterity games on the device. The overall short-term impact has been impressive to say the least and we have only just begun.

Plans are in the works for additional iPads to be made available for residents. As technological advances are made, the necessity for residents to have access to these valuable resources becomes more paramount in their quest for living independently. The Friends of AuSSLC has caught the vision and has seen the light, much to the delight of our residents. We are very grateful and extend our collective hand in Thanks.

In other news, we recently had two community outings for our residents that provided valuable social engagement opportunities as well as hands on learning experiences for clients.

First was our field trip to Hillside Acres Retreat, a hill country oasis providing recreational activities that included fishing, hiking, Frisbee golf, swimming, football, and more. In addition to these leisure activities, residents were exposed to organic gardening, raising chickens, and water conservation strategies. We want to thank the owners, Mike and Connie Yerington, for their generosity and caring.

Second was a community outing to Mr. Gatti’s, followed up by rooting the Texas Longhorn Baseball team to victory over the Columbia Lions. Residents made the most of their time at the game enthusiastically cheering or jeering every play, not to mention tearing up the Cotton-Eyed Joe, the chicken dance, and “Take me out to the Ballgame” during the 7th inning stretch. It was a great day at the ball fields for one and all in attendance.

We want to thank the Friends of AuSSLC for all of their assistance and are looking forward to what the future brings.

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