- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) - Isaac Schultz loves elevators.

The 7-year-old son of Scott and Krista Schultz sometimes has trouble getting through the day or sleeping through the night because of autism spectrum disorder.

If he behaves well, he earns points. And if he earns enough points, he can get his favorite reward - a chance to ride some of the public elevators around town.

“There’s nothing that he likes better,” said Krista Schultz.

The subject of elevators came up quickly during an interview for an April 4 story about the Schultz family’s efforts to raise funds for a service dog to provide emotional and behavioral support for Isaac.

Outside each door in the Schultz household, an index card with UP and DOWN buttons is attached to the wall. Why? Because Isaac loves elevators.

But neither Isaac nor his mother was aware of Elevator Equipment Corp. in Richmond. The plant - a division of a company headquartered in Los Angeles, California - manufactures hydraulic elevator components.

One phone call from the Palladium-Item changed that.

Plant manager Kevin Antrim was happy to hear about Isaac’s enthusiasm, and it wasn’t long before an invitation was issued.

Recently, Isaac and his mom were welcomed to the plant, where Isaac got to ride the demonstration elevator in the lobby - not just once, but over and over and over again.

The elevator is fitted with windows that give a view of the hydraulics from the lobby and from inside the cab itself. Isaac went back and forth from riding in the elevator to watching other riders. It was pretty much non-stop for the one-story elevator during Isaac’s visit.

“He may not sleep tonight,” Krista Schultz acknowledged. “But I would gladly stay up all night to see him this happy.”

Antrim said it’s unusual for the plant to have guests, especially 7-year-olds. The invitation wasn’t about the company, he said, but about Isaac. “It’s all about putting a smile on his face.”

That it did.

During one ride, Krista Schultz got her son’s attention and asked him, “What’s your favorite elevator?”

“This one!” he answered without hesitation.

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Source: (Richmond) Palladium-Item, https://pinews.co/1bBo31O

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Information from: Palladium-Item, https://www.pal-item.com


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