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Governor's Proclamation Recognizes Assistive Technology Awareness Day

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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. A variety of devices can increase function for people with limited mobility, hearing, vision, or communication. Adapted equipment includes telephones, memory aids, talking products, magnifiers, mobility aids, and more. Staff provide assistance with identifying the most effective technology, training, and locating options to pay for the new item the consumer needs. The Try-Out Program recently added 30 items for children to use for play, learning, and calming. Wisconsin's assistive technology program, WisTech, partially supports the Try-Out Program at Society's Assets. WisTech has provided assistive technology devices, services, and collaborations with state partners for over 30 years.

Society's Assets - - a resource for people with disabilities. Services include advocacy, supportive home care/personal care, home/vehicle modifications, assistive technology (partially supported by WisTech), technical assistance regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act, independent living skills training, peer support, benefits counseling, and transitions to life after high school or returning home from the nursing home. For more information, call (800) 378-9128.