What is FAAST Inc.?
Florida Alliance for Assistive Services & Technology
FAAST is the state of Florida’s assistive technology program. Assistive technology activities provided by FAAST include device loans, device demonstrations, device reutilization, device trainings, information and assistance, and a statewide financing program. FAAST serves Floridians who have disabilities and their family members, service providers, educators, therapists, employers, health and rehabilitation professionals, assistive technology vendors, procurement officials, and all other interested parties throughout the state of Florida.
Florida Alliance for Assistive Services & Technology, Inc. is a nonprofit organization focused on enhancing inclusion for Floridians with disabilities of all ages through collaboration and empowerment. By creating a collaborative environment for individuals with disabilities, their families, educators, government officials, and other community stakeholders, we enhance the community for us all.
What is Assistive Technology (A.T.)?
Assistive Technology helps people with disabilities live, work, learn and play as independently as possible. A.T. is any device, item, gadget, tool, hardware, or software used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of both individuals of all ages who have disabilities and older adults who may find a need for assistance. Assistive technology provides people who have disabilities the option to access education and the workplace, to live within their communities, and enjoy recreational activities.
#FAASTFact: Did you know that the term “assistive technology” applies to everything from post-it notes to motorized mobility devices, as long as it assists the individual in need.
What Services Does FAAST Offer?
Assistive Technology Services
What Types of Devices Are Available From FAAST?
The Impact of FAAST
FAAST Community Reach
A local client received training and support on a device trial with the NeuroNode. Through the trainings with FAAST, the family increased competence with the system and ultimately decided to go to funding on the device.
Barbara came in to view a device that would help her son with autism read independently. Her son, Lewis, loves reading but has been unable to read independently. Previously he would look at pictures and make up the stories to himself. With the c-pen Lewis was excited to go to the library and pick out a book that he could read by himself. Mom is excited to bring Lewis back to school next week and show his teachers.
Stephen is a fifty-five year old male with Parkinson’s Disease. He struggles with standing on his own and falls are becoming more common in his daily life. While daily tasks are becoming more and more difficult he is determined to maintain as much independence as he can for as long as possible. The FAAST direct loan program was able to lend $16,500 to Stephen for home modifications to allow him easier and safer access to his kitchen and bathroom as well as allow access to his screened in porch so he can relax outdoors and enjoy the nature of his yard. As he uses a wheelchair for most of his mobility due to the falls, the kitchen island was moved, cabinets were lowered, door frames were widened, the shower was modified and threshold ramp was installed for outdoor access.