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.
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
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.
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.