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  The month of May has been proclaimed as Older Americans Month throughout the State of Wisconsin by Governor Tony Evers. The proclamation celebrates older adults for their vision, wisdom, advocacy, hard work, and volunteerism. The Governor notes that Wisconsin continues to be committed to assisting our aging and older adults in managing their health by supporting them and those who care... Read More


April has been dedicated to the acceptance of autism since the 1970s, and ever since, disability advocates have used this time of year to push for inclusion of individuals with autism. Autism is a complex, lifelong disability that affects social skills, communication, relationships, and self-regulation. It is very much a spectrum condition, meaning that people are affected differently, in... Read More


Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers proclaimed April 14, 2021 as Assistive Technology Awareness Day, and in doing so he brought attention to equipment and products that can increase independence for older adults and people with disabilities of all ages. Each Society's Assets office (Racine, Kenosha, and Elkhorn) offers hundreds of items available for demonstration and loan from the Try-Out Program.... Read More


While there were local days and weeks celebrating the contributions of women in our country since 1978, it was in 1987 that Congress designated March as "Women's History Month." Society's Assets Board member Carol Schaufel, Kenosha, is a voice for women with disabilities like herself. Since childhood she realized that she was different and that people treated her differently because of her... Read More


While there were local days and weeks celebrating the contributions of women in our country since 1978, it was in 1987 that Congress designated March as "Women's History Month." Society's Assets Board member Adrienne Stiger, Kenosha, is a voice for women with disabilities like herself. She is an AKA, which is an above-the-knee amputee. She is close to completing her bachelor's degree in... Read More


During the month of February, the nation honors the long history of Black Americans and their many contibutions to society. The first celebration began in 1926 and it has grown steadily over the years into what we now know as Black History Month. Looking to the future, Society's Assets highlights the Black heroes whose knowledge, commitment, and advocacy helps advance progress for people with... Read More


The Society's Assets Board of Directors has elected a new Chairperson for 2021. Theresa Gilliland has been a Board member since 2006, serving on the Executive, Community Relations, Scholarship, and Bylaws Committees. Gilliland is a speaker and author, with a focus on maintaining a positive attitude in the face of adversity. "As Chairperson, I will provide leadership, counsel, and guidance to... Read More


During the month of February, the nation honors the long history of Black Americans and their many contributions to society. The first celebration began in 1926, and it has grown steadily over the years into what we now know as Black History Month. Reflecting on the past, Society's Assets highlights the Black heroes whose vision, commitment, and activism helped advance progress for people with... Read More


Like so many people of his generation, Ed Roberts (born January 23, 1939) contracted the polio virus when he was a teen. He survived the illness, but to get around Roberts used a wheelchair, and at night he slept in an iron lung to help him breathe. Roberts was bright and did well in school. As a high school senior he discovered he would not be allowed to graduate. He was missing what the school... Read More


Society's Assets offers several groups that provide insight and support to people with disabilities in southeastern Wisconsin. There is no charge to participate in the groups that are being held virtually for now. For more information and to RSVP to attend, call 1-800-378-9128 and ask for the group contact person listed below. Born in the 90s So you're twenty something and looking for help... Read More


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