Assistive Technology (AT) is any device, gadget, hardware or software used by a person to do things for themselves that might otherwise be difficult or impossible to do because of their disability. Assistive devices are necessary sometimes in order to take advantage of the many rights the ADA protects for persons with disabilities, such as access to buildings and housing, sidewalks, websites and telecommunications, schools, and employers. For more information on these rights, please visit the ADA website and for employment accessibility visit JAN, the Job Accommodation Network.
In many cases these devices or gadgets are lying around the house or office and it just takes little imagination. Other items may be free or free to try. Florida’s Assistive Technology Program, F.A.A.S.T., provides AT services such as:
- Information & Assistance
- AT Training
- AT Demonstrations
- AT Device Loans and Financing
- and More!
Sometimes devices are available for free or low-cost through their classifieds. Many devices can be tried for a few weeks to see if the technology is worth purchasing. In any event, RCDS employees are available to help you find and learn to use assistive devices. Our loan closet has canes, wheelchairs, ramps, grabbers, walkers, commodes, shower benches, and other items, and our staff is available to help you download and register to use the many apps for your phone that are available for hearing or vision impaired, monitoring exercise or medications, meditation and relaxation apps, and others. Training can be arranged for more high tech devices as needed. RCDS is also a distributor of FTRI phones and listening devices for the hearing impaired and Captel phones for the vision impaired, pursuant to Title IV of the ADA.
We are prepared to give presentations to your organization, senior center, residential living facility, or group about assistive technology, including FTRI phones, at any time, remotely or in person. Call our office at (321) 633-6011 or fill in the form located on our website to schedule an appointment, request a device, or schedule a presentation.