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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


Since 1949, Mental Health America and its affiliates across the country have observed May as Mental Health Awareness Month. They have invited other organizations to spread the word that, "Mental health is something everyone should care about." Nearly one in five American adults will have a diagnosable mental health condition this year. Having someone listen and provide support can help.... Read More


  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


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