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Thank you to Jillian and all of our caregivers

Jillian's Story

An Advocate for People with Disabilities

Advocacy can result in positive change. Advocacy is creating support for a particular cause and can occur at many levels. Consistent with the philosophy of independent living, people with disabilities learn to advocate for themselves. The agency may also engage in activities designed for positive change in local, state, and federal systems affecting people with disabilities. During the first week of February, Society's Assets staff met with area legislators in Madison. Nathan Webb of Society's Assets said, "Our meeting with Ellen Schutt was very productive. We stopped in her office much earlier than our planned appointment and she still took plenty of time to listen to our talking points. She was very receptive and understanding of our positions and willing to work with us to address our goals and concerns." Cindy Thomas of Society's Assets said, "We discussed concerns about higher wages for caregivers, the need for public transportation in Elkhorn, and the housing crisis for people with disabilities. When you're talking to someone about something you are passionate about and you can tell they are actually listening, it means everything." A photo with Representative Ellen Schutt, Nathan, Cindy, and Becky Templin (also from Society's Assets) is included.



Ability...Not Disability

Ensuring the rights of all persons with disabilities to live and function as independently as possible in the community of their choice.

We are Society’s Assets

Established in 1974, Society's Assets is a private, nonprofit organization.

What is Independent Living Services?

Independent living (IL) services help people with disabilities achieve greater independence in the home and community. We are a non-residential, nonprofit organization that helps people with disabilities achieve their independent living goals. There are 7 other nonprofits like ours in Wisconsin. We serve all people, regardless of their disability type.

All 8 of us provide, at a minimum:

  1. Peer Support: Meeting with other people with disabilities in a group or individual setting for mentoring

  2. Information and Referral: Helping people get the information they need to live independently)

  3. Individual and Systems Advocacy: Speaking out to pursue personal rights and policy change

  4. Independent Living Skills Training: Education on the many elements for a successful life in the community

  5. Transition Support: Bridging high school to college and/or work, and assist individuals living in a nursing home that want to return to their homes in the community

News and Notes

We share information that can help you or someone you know gain or maintain independence.
The word ABILITY is boldly centered over action words such as reading, sewing, running..

Youth Art Contest Accepting Entries

Students in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to participate.

What is Home Care?

Home care includes any professional support services that allow a person to live safely in their home. Home care services can help someone who is aging and needs assistance to live independently; is managing chronic health issues; is recovering from a medical setback; or has special needs or a disability. Professional caregivers such as nurses, aides, and therapists provide short-term or long-term care in the home, depending on a person's needs.

Society's Assets provides In-Home Care, which is non-medical care. Services primarily help individuals with the activities of daily living. The main goal is to allow them to be safe and comfortable in their own homes.

This type of care helps older adults recover at home from a serious health issue. It’s usually less expensive, more convenient, and as effective as care from a facility.

How to pay for services?

There are many payment options including private pay (credit card or check), Medicaid, long-term care insurance, Veterans’ benefits, Workers’ compensation, government grants and donations.

Offices are open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday (excluding holidays).

Home Care Services

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