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Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology

Contact Information

FAAST LogoFAAST Atlantic Region Assistive Technology Demonstration Center
University of Central Florida Communication Disorders Clinic
12424 Research Parkway, Suite 155 (Research Pavilion)
Orlando, FL 3282


Communication Disorders Clinic & Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders

Main Clinic Phone: 407.882.0468

Main Clinic Fax: 407.249.4774

For monthly FAAST ARDC updates, click here

FAAST ARDC Faculty/Staff

Jennifer Kent-Walsh, Ph.D., CCC-SLP (Project/Center Director & Regional Coordinator) - jkentwalsh@ucf.edu
Stephanie Bruining, M.A. (Graduate Assistant & Data Coordinator) - steph.bruining@knights.ucf.edu

UCF Communication Disorders Clinic Collaborating Faculty/Staff

Pamela Resnick, M.A., CCC-SLP (Clinical Educator & FAAST ARDC Liaison) - Pamela.Resnick@ucf.edu - 407.882.0463

Overview

The FAAST Atlantic Region Assistive Technology Demonstration Center (ARDC) acts as a living laboratory for the AAC Lab at UCF.  The FAAST Center is housed in the Communication Disorders Clinic on the UCF Campus in Orlando and is funded by the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST).

FAAST is a nonprofit 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.  FAAST’s 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 six Regional Demonstration Centers located across the state.  The FAAST ARDC serves individuals with disabilities across the age and disability range who reside in the following 10 Florida counties: Seminole, Orange, Volusia, Brevard, Osceola, Indian River, Okeechobee, Martin, St. Lucie, and Palm Beach. FAAST ARDC faculty, staff, and students engage in service-delivery activities such as:

  • Information and Referral
  • Education and Training
  • Presentations, Exhibits and Forums
  • Demonstrations of Assistive Technology
  • Resource Library
  • Assessments & Intervention
  • Device Loans

FAAST ARDC constituents have opportunities to participate in research studies on an ongoing basis.  Additionally, research frequently is conducted by FAAST ARDC faculty, staff, and students within the scope of the center’s special program offerings. 

Sample Special Program Highlight: iCan Communicate

The FAAST ARDC has an ongoing partnership with the Down Syndrome Foundation of Florida to offer a unique program for children with Down syndrome.  The goal of the iCan Communicate program is to disseminate communication apps via iPad technologies to children with Down syndrome who experience complex communication needs.  Participating children take part in AAC assessment and intervention activities designed to identify relevant communication apps for individual children.  Parents also are provided with training and support to help foster their children’s ongoing communication development.  For an overview of this program, click here.   


iCan Communicate 2012
iCan Communicate Group Photo 2012


iCan Communicate 2011
iCan Communicate Group Photo 2011