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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


Society's Assets has a try-out program (loan and demonstration) at each office location. Hundreds of assistive devices can increase function for people with limitations affecting mobility, vision, learning, and other daily activities. Twenty-five new items for children are now available for demonstration and loan thanks to a grant from the Kenosha Women's Network. By appointment, families are... Read More


Society's Assets is proud to join the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy and many other organizations in celebrating the 75th observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. To raise awareness about disability employment issues, Emily Cadman, Coordinator of Independent Living Services at Society's Assets shares her story. I am a person with a... Read More


Society's Assets is proud to join the U. S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy and many other organizations in celebrating the 75th observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. To raise awareness about disability employment issues, Tricia Lewis, Director of Independent Living Services at Society's Assets, shares her story. "I am a person with a mental... Read More


White Cane Awareness Day has been observed annually in the United States since October 15, 1964. The observance reminds the community and educates drivers on the 1947 traffic law that requires such precautions as may be necessary to avoid accident or injury to the pedestrian. When you see a person using a white cane, remember that the cane is a tool for safely and independently navigating the... Read More


October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month Society's Assets is proud to join the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy and many other organizations in celebrating the 75th observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This year's commemoration offers people, organizations, and legislators an opportunity to raise awareness about... Read More


Retired Society's Assets Executive Director Bruce Nelsen Passes Away Society's Assets mourns the passing of Bruce Nelsen, previous executive director of Society's Assets. He passed suddenly last week at his home with his family. Nelsen was appointed executive director in April 1984. He retired in February 2019. Racine resident Dan Johnson was a co-founder of the nonprofit in 1974. The group... Read More


Justice Ginsburg Remembered for Important Civil Rights Decision Society's Assets joins the nation in mourning the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a champion for social justice and equality. Whether arguing for women's rights, dignity for the disabled, or protections for voting rights, Justice Ginsburg will be remembered as one of the greatest civil rights advocates ever to serve on the U.... Read More


The ground-breaking civil rights law, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), turned thirty on July 26. The law makes sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The ADA is divided into five titles (or sections) that relate to different areas of public life. These areas are: public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local... Read More


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