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BLUEFIELD (WVVA) - -

Four area families receive an IPad Monday afternoon, courtesy of the Denver Foundation.

The hope is modern technology will help these families with communication caused by autism, something that hits close to home with Denver Foundation Head Dreama Denver.

Jay Palmer, a 7th grader at Princeton Middle School received one of the IPads from the Denver Foundation. He plans to put it to good use.

"It can help you with a lot of things like math.  It can help your brain a little," says Palmer.

Brian Larue also got an IPad. His mother is hoping it will encourage her son to try new things and expand his communication skills.

"He can talk in short sentences and verbalize by writing, so we are hoping the IPad will help him do those things," says Nancy Larue, Brian's mother.

Res Care helps the Denver Foundation choose the families to receive the IPads, hoping they will be able to download apps to aid in communication. Other groups like the Key Club at Princeton Senior High School help raise money for the foundation.

"We've actually been able to see them give to the families and we get to see how excited they are to be able to speak to them.  They may have not been able to do that before," says Seth Thomason, President of the Princeton Senior High School Key Club.

For Dreama Denver, the effort hits close to home because her 29-year old son is autistic.

"Being a mom who knows what it is like never to have had a conversation with her child, to be able to open that up to other families to allow them to have communication with their autistic person or special needs person is one of the most gratifying things I have been able to do," says Denver.

She hopes the new IPads open up a whole new world for the families that received them.

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