The WisLoan program offers loans for assistive technology. The loans help people buy equipment such as hearing aids, modified vehicles, wheelchairs, and ramps. Independent living centers throughout the state provide technical assistance, applications, and assistive technology services.
The program is open to Wisconsin residents of all ages who have a disability. There are no income requirements, and individuals are not required to exhaust personal or public funding. Under the program, banks provide loans to qualified borrowers. Loan amounts depend on the item purchased and the ability to repay the loan.
IndependenceFirst provides program information and statewide coordination. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services administers the grant and provides oversight.
WisLoan is a federally-funded project of the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), US Department of Education, under PL105-394, the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, Grant No. H224C010017. WisLoan is provided as a cooperative service of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, IndependenceFirst, and BMO Harris Bank.