Assistive Technology Program


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Some of the services include:

This program is available to Floridians with disabilities, family members and service providers. Some devices require that a person experienced with the device is available to assist you and assess your needs.

Gulf Coast Regional Center provides services to increase awareness, access, and acquisition of assistive technology for all Floridians. Regional centers are located  in Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Pensacola, Tallahassee, and Tampa.

Each center provides the following core services:

Information and Assistance-   Responds to requests for information and/or puts individuals in contact with other agencies, organizations, or companies that can provide them with needed information on AT products, devices, services, funding sources, or other related disability topics.

Short-Term Assistive Technology Equipment Loans–   Assistive technology devices may be borrowed for a short period of time to assist with:

•        decision making
•        serve as a loaner while waiting for a repair or funding
•        provide an accommodation on a short term basis for a time limited event
•        conduct training, self -education, or other professional activity.

Device Demonstrations– Compare the benefits and features of a particular device or group of devices that address an identified need to help individuals make an informed choice.

Training–  Training activities are instructional events, usually planned in advance for a specific purpose or audience that are designed to increase participants’ knowledge, skills, and competencies regarding AT. Examples of training include classes, workshops, and presentations that have a goal of increasing skills, knowledge, and competency, as opposed to training intended only to increase general awareness of AT.

Our ReUse Center provides the following services:

  • Device reutilization, repair and refurbishment: Consumers may bring in their devices to be repaired and returned to them, or  may donate devices to be refurbished to be repaired as needed and then offered for sale, loan, or given away to other consumers in need.
  • Open-ended device loans: – Open ended loans are typically long term with the device placed with a consumer on a permanent basis but done via loan rather than ownership transferring to the client. Consumers can keep a borrowed device for as long as required to meet a particular need.
  • Device exchange activities: Devices are posted on AT list through the FAAST web site. Consumers may use the contact information provided in the listing to obtain the device.

FAAST Inc. Classifieds: Search the new online classified system where you can find new and used AT devices for FREE or a reduced price

Statewide Device Loan ProgramThe FAAST Device Loan Program is a way for people with disabilities of all  ages to try out different assistive devices to best determine those most  helpful for them.