The Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology, FAAST, will be holding a virtual 5K Walk, Run, or Roll to raise money to purchase toys for children with special needs.
The Event will take place from September 1 through the end of November. This will be a Virtual 5K, so it can be completed whenever and wherever you may be. The entry fee is a $25 donation that will go towards purchasing and adapting toys to be distributed to children receiving services from one of the six Regional Distribution Centers. Adapted toys are specially manufactured products designed to meet the unique requirements of children with disabilities. These toys can be expensive for parents who already have a huge load to bear with all the other special requirements their children need.
Play is important for children. It creates opportunities for social interaction, helps to develop motor skills, and serves as a way for children to relieve stress. However, some children with disabilities need adapted toys to be able to play independently. Adapted toys are typically more expensive than traditional toys, limiting access to independent play for many children with the most significant disabilities. You can help provide adapted toys to children who need them.