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.

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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 up to date on all the resources available.

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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

16,000+ Services Provided to Floridians

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90 - 99 % Participant Satisfaction

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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Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST)

Florida Alliance for Assistive Services & Technology

820 E Park Ave, D-200, Tallahassee, Florida 32301

>Toll-Free: TTY: 1-877-506-2723

Email: info@FAASTinc.org

To locate your nearest Regional Demonstration Center, please call us Toll-Free at 1-844-353-2278.

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The Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology, Inc. (FAAST) is administered through the Florida Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and is federally funded by the Administration on Community Living under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended in 2004 (P.L. 108-364).

Since its onset in 1994, FAAST has been and remains a resource to provide Floridians free access to information, referral services, educational programs, and funding opportunities for assistive technology.

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