Coming soon to a hospital, airport, or shopping mall near you ... a public access videophone. This multi-purpose communications center allows people who are deaf or hard of hearing, and people with speech disabilities to make phone calls. Society's Assets in Racine has one of six, fully-functioning demonstration PAVs in Wisconsin.

The PAV is available to all deaf and hard of hearing people and people with speech disabilities to use during normal business hours.

The agency was the recipient of a unit donated by Project Endeavor (projectendeavor.com) through Communication Service for the Deaf Inc. (c-s-d.org). The PAV is a public phone with video technology that allows the user to access video relay service and make point to point access calls. Before visiting the office to use the PAV, call to make sure that a staff person is available to direct you to the PAV, (262) 637-9128. Society's Assets is located in Suite 225 on the east side of the second floor of the Washington Square professional building at 5200 Washington Ave. (Highway 20). For more information about PAVs, contact Linda Vogelman, assistant director of Independent Living Services by telephone (262) 637-9128, ext. 3608, (866) 840-9761 TTY, or by e-mail at: lvogelman@societysassets.org.

Camp opportunities

What did you enjoy most about camp when you were young? The hiking, swimming, or crafts? The food or campfires? How about the chance to meet new people and make new friends?

There are many camp opportunities in Wisconsin for children and young adults with disabilities. There are even special sessions for adults up to age 93. There are day camps, sports camps, and residential camps. One location boasts a cabin that is an accessible tree house. Society's Assets maintains a listing of camps on its web site societysassets.org. Click on the "Resources & Links" tab. Then choose "Helpful Information" from the drop-down box. Check out the possibilities for summer fun. Registration deadlines are quickly approaching.

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