The WisLoan and Telework programs offer loans for assistive technology, home modification, vehicle adaptions, or accommodations for employment. The loans help people buy equipment such as hearing aids, modified vehicles, wheelchairs, ramps, computers with modifications, environmental controls, alternative communication devices, and home accessibility modifications.
The programs are 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 programs, banks provide loans to qualified borrowers. Loan amounts depend on the item purchased and the ability to repay the loan.
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 programs focus on the ability to make the monthly payment to pay back this loan. The reasons for a poor credit record are taken into consideration.
Applications are completed through the independent living centers, which can provide technical assistance and assistive technology services. For addition information, contact your local independent living center or email the WisTech program coordinator.