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1 Jennifer Kent-Walsh, Ph.D., CCC-SLP Program Director & Regional Coordinator FAAST Atlantic Region Assistive Technology Demonstration Center University of Central Florida Communication Disorders Clinic

2 Overview FAAST Mission FAAST State-Wide Programs FAAST Regional Center Programs

3 The Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology FAAST is a non-profit organization funded by the U.S. Department of Education Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) through the Assistive Technology Act of 2004 and the State of Florida Department of Education Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

4 FAAST Mission Our Mission is to improve the quality of life for all Floridians with disabilities through advocacy and awareness activities that increase access to and acquisition of assistive services and technology. The core work of FAAST’s mission is achieved through Regional Demonstration Centers throughout the state.

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6 FAAST Regional Centers Information and Referral Education and Training Presentations, Exhibits and Forums Demonstrations of Assistive Technology Resource Library Assessments Device Recycling Device Loans

7 FAAST Programs and Services Statewide Device Lending ATBay Alternative Financing Access to Telework Affordable Housing Funding Guide Vendor Network Public Policy Awareness

8 FAAST Regional Center FAAST Atlantic Regional Center UCF Communication Disorders Clinic Research Parkway, Suite 155 (Research Pavilion) Orlando, FL Voice Mail: Fax:

9 FAAST Regional Center FAAST Central Regional Center Tampa General Rehab Center 2 Columbia Drive Tampa, FL Voice: Fax:

10 FAAST Regional Center University of Miami Mailman Center for Child Development Contact: Ana Nevares 1601 N.W. 12th Avenue Room 2018 Miami FL, Voice/TTY: Fax:

11 FAAST Regional Center FAAST NE Regional Center Hope Haven Children’s Clinic & Family Center 4600 Beach Boulevard Jacksonville, FL Voice: TDD: Fax:

12 FAAST Regional Center FAAST Gulf Coast Regional Center CIL Disability Resource Center 3600 N Pace Blvd Pensacola, FL Voice and TDD: Fax:

13 FAAST Headquarters Statewide/NW Regional Center: 3333 West Pensacola Street Building 100, Suite 140 Tallahassee, Florida Contact: Andre Howard Voice:

14 FAAST ARDC Services Counties Served –Brevard, Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Seminole, St. Lucie, & Volusia

15 FAAST ARDC Services Augmentative and Alternative Communication Assessments –Process aiming to identify appropriate augmentative or alternative means of communication for individuals who cannot meet all of their communication needs using natural speech

16 FAAST ARDC Services Augmentative and Alternative Communication Assessments –Process involves: Speech-language-cognitive testing Interviews with family members, related professionals Natural environment observations Trials with a variety of devices Written report for therapeutic &/or funding purposes

17 FAAST ARDC Services Assistive Technology Demonstrations –AT Lab AAC Equipment Computer Software Computer Access Equipment Activities of Daily Living Equipment

18 FAAST ARDC Services AAC Therapy –Bi-weekly therapy sessions designed to work toward effective application of AAC in home, school, community environments –Graduate SLP Clinicians –Direct Supervision – Licensed and Certified Speech-Language Pathologist

19 FAAST ARDC Services Special Programs –Technology in the FAAST Lane Parent-Child Summer Day Camp Emphasis on young children, middle schoolers or high schoolers – depending on the year Focus on school-related AT & AAC –iCan Communicate Collaboration with Down Syndrome Foundation of Florida Mini assessments to determine identify relevant communication apps.

20 FAAST ARDC Contact Main Phone: –Personnel Director / Regional Coordinator –Jennifer Kent-Walsh, Ph.D., CCC-SLP Dedicated Clinical Service Providers –Interim Speech-Language Pathology »Carolyn Buchanan, M.S., CF-SLP –Consulting Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy & Educational Team Members »E.g., Sandra Osborn, M.A., Matthew Press, M.H.S., OTR/L, ATP

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