What is FAAST, Inc.?

Florida Alliance for Assistive Services & Technology

Florida Alliance for Assistive Services & Technology (FAAST), Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for Floridians with disabilities by increasing access to assistive technology through empowerment and collaboration. 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.

Who do we serve? 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.

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.

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FAAST Values Statement

Above all, Floridians with disabilities shall have the opportunity to pursue:

  • Knowledge – Easy and open access to information about equipment, providers, techniques, networks, and other available resources related to assistive technology;
  • Choice – Utilizing knowledge to empower oneself without hinderance from disability, regulation, misinformation, or availability of resources; and
  • Independence – Utilizing knowledge and choice to improve personal function and advocacy; leading to self-sufficiency, connection to community, and individual goal
    achievement.

In pursuit of these paramount values, FAAST abides by these guiding operating principles:

  • Empowerment – Promoting the use of information and technology to provide opportunity, choice, and ultimately independence for individual consumers;
  • Assistive Technology – Promoting the use of any electronic or mechanical device that allows a person to do things for themselves that might otherwise be difficult or
    impossible to do because of their disability;
  • Compassion – Understanding, listening, and empathizing with the individual needs of every consumer;
  • Inclusion – Encouraging all Floridians with a disability to consider assistive services and technology; while providing those services in an equitable manner; and
  • Collaboration – Proactively seeking opportunities to partner with other public or private organizations, associations, groups, and/or individuals to improve awareness, choice,
    and independence among Floridians with disabilities.

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What Services Does FAAST Offer?

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Public Awareness & Training

FAAST provides assistive technology awareness presentations and detailed training on assistive technology devices and services to keep Floridians updated on all available resources.

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Information & Assistance

FAAST can answer questions related to assistive technology devices and services. 

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Device Demonstrations

FAAST provides assistive technology device comparisons to help Floridians make informed decisions. The opportunity to compare devices ensures that the proper devices are chosen for individuals.

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Short-Term Device Loans

FAAST has a variety of assistive technology devices that can be borrowed at no cost to the individual. These short-term loans help individuals decide the most appropriate device to purchase and can also be used as short-term accommodations.

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Device Reuse & Reutilization

FAAST recycles used assistive technology devices and durable medical equipment to get these items out of closets and into the community where they are needed most.

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Financial Loans

FAAST has an alternative financing program that gives individuals who have disabilities the option to purchase assistive technology devices and services through low-interest rate financial loans.

Assistive Technology Services

What Types of Devices Are Available From FAAST?

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Vision

Includes items such as magnifiers, braille, speech output devices, and digital talking book readers.

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Hearing

Includes items such as hearing aids, amplified phones and CapTel’s, and visual alerting systems.

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Speech Communication

Products designed to assist with speaking and face-to-face communication.

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Learning, Cognition, and Development

Products that assist with learning and cognition. Include items that provide access to educational and instructional materials for school or other environments.

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Mobility, Seating, and Positioning

Products designed to augment or replace the functional limitations of an individual’s mobility.

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Daily Living

Enhance the capacity to live independently and assist with instrumental activities of daily living, such as dressing, personal hygiene, bathing, home maintenance, cooking, eating, shopping and managing money.

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Environmental Adaptations

Environmental and structural adaptations are built into the environment and remove or reduce barriers and promote access to and within the built home, employment, and community facilities.

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Vehicle Modifications and Transportation

Adaptive driving aids, hand controls, wheelchairs and other lifts, modified vans or other motor vehicles used for personal transportation.

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Computer Access

Products that enable people with disabilities to access, interact with, and use computers at home, work, or school.

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Recreation, Sports, and Leisure

Products that help participation in sport, health, physical education, recreation, leisure, and dance events.

The Impact of FAAST

FAAST Community Reach

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$1.54 Million Saved

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16,000+ Services Provided to Floridians

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90 - 99 % Participant Satisfaction

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9093 Individuals Trained

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In 2020, FAAST reached the milestone of funding over $1 MILLION in funded loans since the program began in June 2015.

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