Community Programs & Resources : Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology

The Mailman Center offers Assistive Technology services through the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST).

A Mailman Center assistive technology/educational specialist can assist your agency/family with the following services:

Information and referrals- We provide a broad array of information on programs and services including but not limited to social service programs regional and statewide, disability civil rights, access to qualified vendors who provide assistive technology, durable medical equipment, home/vehicle modifications, and affordable and accessible housing.

  • Device Demonstrations
  • Device Loans
  • AT assessments
  • Training (onsite & online)
  • Technical assistance to individuals, professionals and families related to the availability, benefits, and use of assistive technology.

What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive Services and Technology are tools and strategies to help individuals with disabilities of all ages to participate more independently in play, school, work, and life. It is commonly used by individuals with disabilities and includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Assistive Technology Augmentative communication devices like picture symbols, picture schedules, eye gaze boards, photographs, voice output devices
  • Vision devices such as Tactile symbols, Braille and books on tape
  • Hearing devices such as microphones, speakers, headphones, hearing aids, and FM systems
  • Adaptive positioning equipment Appliance control devices-electrical control units for switch activation
  • Learning tools, games and specially adaptive toys such as switch toys, sensory toys, adapted books, built up writing instruments, and knobbed puzzles
  • Computer adaptations such as touch screen, switch interface, adapted keyboard, and trackball
  • Adapted daily living tools such as built up spoons and bath supports.

If you would like to learn more about the assistive technology training modules available at the Mailman Center for Child Development, please call 305-243-4466.