FAAST: Helping to Expand Florida’s Talent

Nov 30, 2016

We’ve asked our partner programs to share with us how they are supporting individuals with unique abilities. Below, Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST) highlights their work to provide assistive technology devices and services that enable persons with disabilities the ability to achieve their highest potential and possibilities in all aspects of life.

What does your business do to help those with unique abilities?

Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST) is the state of Florida's assistive technology program.  We assist individuals with unique abilities by providing services through our six Regional Demonstration Centers, including: assistive technology device loan, assistive technology device demonstrations, trainings on assistive technology devices and services, and information and assistance activities.  Also, FAAST operates five Regional ReUse Centers that recycle, refurbish, and repair assistive technology devices and the New Horizon Loan Program, the FAAST Statewide Device Loan Program and the toll-free hotline.

What are the benefits of hiring individuals with unique abilities?

Hiring a person with unique abilities is good business sense.  First, this expands the talent pool.  Second, individuals with unique abilities bring a wide array of skills, perspectives, and experiences to a job. Thirdly, retention rates and attendance rates increase with the addition of individuals with unique abilities to staff positions.  Finally, workforce morale and productivity are strengthened by a more committed workforce.

Why is the Florida Unique Abilities Partner Program important?

Assistive technology more often than not is the great equalizer for individuals with unique abilities.  Assistive technology allows these individuals to get, keep, and advance in employment.  Therefore, being a part of the Florida Unique Abilities Partner Program makes it possible to show firsthand the benefits of our services and how our employees are striving in their work because of assistive technology.  

The Florida Unique Abilities Partner Program recognizes businesses that are committed to providing career and financial opportunities to individuals with unique abilities and to assisting organizations that support them. For more information on how to join the Florida Unique Abilities Partner Program, please click here.   


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