Assistive technology is defined as "any item, piece of equipment or device that enables an individual with a disability to improve his or her independence and quality of life."
Common items include: hearing aids, wheelchairs, modified vehicles, computers with modifications, environmental controls, alternative communication devices, ramps, and home accessibility modifications.
Individuals applying for a loan must be at least 18 years old and reside in Wisconsin. Applicants must be a person with a disability or be purchasing items for someone with a disability (for example, a grandparent buying a device for a grandchild). Loans can only be used to purchase assistive technology or to make accessibility modifications.
Applicants can request an amount needed for purchase, but actual loan amounts will depend on the item purchased, the ability to repay and the capacity of the loan fund.
The time allowed for repayment depends on the amount of the loan and the item purchased. In addition, the program focuses on the ability to make the monthly payment to pay back this loan. The reasons for a poor credit record are taken into consideration.
Staff at the independent living centers throughout the state can answer your questions and take an application. For more information about WisLoan, contact Patti Kraemer at IndependenceFirst at 414/226-8306, or toll-free at 1-877/463-3778.