FAAST Virtual 5K to benefit Children with Special Needs

Proceeds will be used to purchase adapted toys

The Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST), the state’s assistive technology program, announces a fundraising effort to benefit children with special needs across Florida.  FAAST plans to buy adapted toys for children receiving services at one of its six Regional Demonstration Centers.  Adapted toys are specially manufactured products designed to meet the unique requirements of children with disabilities. 

The mission of FAAST is to improve the quality of life for all Floridians with disabilities through access to and acquisition of assistive services and technology.  FAAST Co-Chair Ms. Karen M. Clay said, “Play is such an important part of the developmental process, and we feel it is aligned with the mission of FAAST to help families that do not have the resources to purchase expensive adapted toys.”

The FAAST 5K is planned for September and October.  The FAAST 5K is a walk, run, roll event for participants of all abilities.  Also, it is a virtual race.  A virtual race is a race that can be run at any location. Participants can walk, roll, use the treadmill, run outside or participate in another race. “The concept of the virtual race goes hand-in-hand with the philosophy of assistive technology, says Karla Morris, FAAST Co-Chair, and event organizer.  “Runners are flexible.  They set the day of the race, the route, the time, and then post their time online.”

Registration is $25 with all proceeds going to the purchase of adaptive toys.