Society’s Property marks 47 years serving individuals with disabilities | Religion & Group

RACINE – The history of Society’s Assets mirrors that of the Independent Living Movement in the 1970s. People with disabilities began to organize to fight for their right to self-determination and to remove existing physical, social and attitudinal barriers to their full participation in society.

Society’s Assets began as a member organization in Racine. It consisted of people with disabilities who wanted to break down the barriers that lead to addiction. The agency was founded in 1974 as a non-profit organization. The first office was opened in 1976 with funds from the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA).

Five independent living centers were later created in Wisconsin using funds from the Rehabilitation Act, including corporate wealth and other centers. All centers are dedicated to creating, delivering and coordinating services to promote an independent and self-sufficient lifestyle for people with disabilities.

“Social’s Assets works every day to support the disabled community to ensure that people of all ages can lead full and independent lives,” said Karl Kopp, Managing Director. “This month we celebrate 47 years of service in Wisconsin. Society’s Assets is committed to the hard work necessary to create full equity, inclusion and access for people with disabilities. Also, on July 26th, we’re celebrating the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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