The RAISE Family Caregivers Act

Family Caregivers across the country are helping parents, spouses, children, and adults with disabilities to live more comfortably and independently. They do so much for their loved ones to be able to live at home with families. They help with things such as preparing meals, handling finances, managing medications, dressing, bathing, and other activities of daily living.

This is an enormous job for anyone, but some basic support could make their job easier.

Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine and a Next Avenue Influencer in Aging) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Representatives Greg Harper (R-Miss.) and Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) spearheaded the legislation recently passed by both House and Senate and is being sent to the President to be signed.

What the RAISE Family Caregivers Act Will Do

The RAISE Family Caregivers Act requires the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop, maintain and update an integrated national strategy to support family caregivers. And that support is sorely needed.

“Family caregivers are the backbone of our care system in America. We need to make it easier for them to coordinate care for their loved ones, get information and...

FAAST Job Posting

Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology, Inc.
Job Description:


Job Title:                              FAAST Comptroller

Department:                      State Headquarters

Reports to:                         FAAST Executive Director

FLSA Status:                       Exempt

Prepared by:                      Michael Daniels

Prepared Date:                 March 29, 2016

Approved by:

Approved Date:

Salary Range:                    $46,000 to $56,000

Revised Date:                    January 16, 2018


The Comptroller position creates financial transactions and creates financial

reports from that information. The creation of financial transactions includes

posting information to accounting journals or accounting software from such

source documents as invoices to customers, cash receipts, and supplier invoices.

The Comptroller also...

Dare to dream with ABLE United

Did you know there’s a new way for people with disabilities to save money without losing their federal
benefits? It’s called an ABLE United account, and it has already changed the futures of more than 1,000
Floridians by offering them newfound financial stability and independence.

With an ABLE United account, Florida residents with disabilities can save up to $14,000 per year tax-free
without risk of losing Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Medicaid. The money they save can then be
used toward a wide range of qualifying expenses, such as housing, healthcare, education, transportation,
employment training and other basic living expenses.

The program exists because of recent legislation called the Stephen Beck Jr. Achieving a Better Life
Experience (ABLE) Act. To be eligible for an account, individuals must be a Florida resident and have a
qualifying disability, with onset of that disability occurring prior to age 26.

Similar to a Roth IRA or a 529 college savings plan, an ABLE United account allows individuals to increase
their savings through tax-free growth after choosing from a variety of funds. The individual owns the...

Children’s Week at the State Capitol

Children’s Week at the State Capitol 

Join thousands of Florida’s families, students, teachers and advocates at the Florida Capitol on January 21-26, 2018 for a celebration of our greatest gifts – our children! Now in its 23 st year, Children’s Week advocates for children’s health, education and well-being, and is one of the largest free events for children and families in Tallahassee. There are many ways to participate.

For the youngsters, gather construction paper, crayons and scissors and help your children or students trace, cut-out and decorate drawings of their hands – they can also add their name and a message to legislators. Mail their artwork to the Early Learning Coalition (ELC) of the Big Bend by January 12 and it will be hung in the State Capitol rotunda on January 21 along with hundreds of thousands of other children’s hands from across the state! Each year, the Hanging of the Hands ceremony creates an impactful display to remind legislators to take care of our children during the legislative session. You can also share photos of artwork on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #GiveUsAHand.

Assistive Technology for Seniors


There are many types of Assistive Technology that are used daily that many didn't realize were assistive technology. Seniors are one of the largest populations who use Assistive Technology. Listed below are eight examples of assistive tchnology and their use. 



  • Install Hand Rails on both sides of stairs
  • Install Grab Bars in Bathrooms
  • Have good lighting in all entryways
  • Use Grabbers to help reach items out of reach
  • Properly store and Organize all Medications
  • Use Non-skid Mats and rugs to prevent slips
  • Create a Smart Home to control lights and check the Front door
  • Use Devices Such as Lift Ware for daily independance

Infographic stating the 8 Points listed above