AT Loan Programs: A Product of Splendidly Effective Statewide Advocacy

The Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST) is a statewide organization that is rather splendid at its line of work and a model for similar state organizations nationwide. Staffed by expert and dedicated legislative bulldogs who know their way around a statehouse and how to push and guide a bill from conception to implementation, these types of organizations are often prime movers in producing AT-focused legislation that benefits families of children with disabilities. In FAAST's case, the organization's statewide skill has resulted not only in landmark legislation enabling students to carry their AT from school district to district but also in effective AT loan programs based on best practices and offered to Florida families.

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Commercial Assistive Technology contributes, significantly, to enhancing the quality-of-life, independence and employability of millions of people with disabilities. Unfortunately, many individuals, social organizations, schools and government agencies can not afford to purchase it. Further more, there are many additional situations that preclude people with disabilities from accessing, using... or continuing to use commercial AT. For example, when K-12 schools purchase AT for use by their students... the schools own the AT. Often this situation precludes students with disabilities from being able to take the school's AT home with them to complete homework assignments... or to their local libraries to help them study and surf the web with their friends.

When students graduate from high school they no longer have access to the AT that contributed to their success and independence as part of their K-12 education. The ability for high school students with disabilities to transition from high school to college, or into work environments, can also be negatively impacted.

Free Assistive Technologies can help to mitigate these problems. It is this end that we dedicate and maintain this website. Questions and comments may be addressed to Steve Jacobs, President IDEAL Group, Inc. and CEO, Online Conferencing Systems, Inc.

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