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Society's Assets Employees Receive Statewide Awards Two caregivers from Society's Assets were recently named award winners by The Wisconsin Long Term Care Workforce Alliance. This group of public and private organizations solicits nominations from across the state and recognizes professional caregivers with a monetary award and certificate. Minnie Clay, working out of the Kenosha office... Read More


Graduating high school seniors, continuing students, or adults returning to school who already have, or plan to, enroll in an accredited college, university, or technical school on a full-time basis to seek a degree are eligible. The applicant must have, have a record of, or be regarded as having a permanent and substantial (as opposed to a minor) disability that affects daily living. To apply,... Read More


Society's Assets has received a grant from the Technology Fund at United Way of Racine County. The Technology Fund is designed to provide nonprofit organizations in Racine County with technology for use by organization staff/volunteers to increase proficiency, efficiency, and impact. Sandra Smith, Director of Information Technology at Society's Assets, describes how the agency will use the... Read More


Society's Assets is sponsoring its 22nd annual youth art contest. Students in grades kindergarten through high school in the agency's service area of Racine, Kenosha, Walworth, Rock, and Jefferson counties are invited to participate. Schools in the area have received contest information. Parents or students can contact Society's Assets directly for entry blanks. Entry blanks are also available... Read More


September is National Preparedness Month, an annual observance to remind all Americans how important it is for individuals, families and communities to be prepared for disasters and emergencies that can happen at any time. The staff at Society's Assets recommend that people with disabilities and their families plan ahead for the unique needs they may have during a weather or other emergency... Read More


Area school districts are set to welcome students soon. So it's a good time to remind families that Society's Assets staff are resources for students with disabilities. They can be active members of student IEPs (Individualized Education Programs) and transition teams. Tricia Lewis, Director of Independent Living Services at Society's Assets, explains the agency's involvement. "Students with... Read More


The history of Society's Assets mirrors that of the independent living movement in the 1970s. People with disabilities began organizing to fight for their rights to self-determination, working to remove existing physical, social, and attitudinal barriers to their full participation in society. Society's Assets began as a membership organization in Racine. It was comprised of people with... Read More


The ground-breaking civil rights law, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), turns thirty-one 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... Read More


This week the state legislature will vote on several bills that will make it harder for many people with disabilities and older adults to vote. The Wisconsin Coalition of Independent Living Centers (WCILC) Executive Director, Maureen Ryan, stated, "The proposed voting bills will result in additional barriers and hurdles for people with disabilities to vote, particularly those who are rarely able... Read More


Society's Assets helps people with disabilities access the Telecommunications Equipment Purchase Program (TEPP) in southeastern Wisconsin. The TEPP assists people who are deaf, hard of hearing, speech impaired, or mobility or motion impaired by providing the equipment they need in order to use basic telephone services. The TEPP is paid for by the Wisconsin Universal Service Fund established by... Read More


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