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ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017

ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 has been considered by manyto be a step backward for people with Disabilities. This bill would place to burden of accessibility on the person with the disability to bring it to the property owners attention, in writing.

This bill requires the Disability Rights Section of the Department of Justice to develop a program to educate state and local governments and property owners on strategies for promoting access to public accommodations for persons with a disability. The program may include training for professionals to provide a guidance of remediation for potential violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).

The bill prohibits civil actions based on the failure to remove an architectural barrier to access into an existing public accommodation unless: (1) the aggrieved person has provided to the owners or operators a written notice specific enough to identify the barrier, and (2) the owners or operators fail to provide the person with a written description outlining improvements that will be made to improve the barrier or they fail to remove the barrier or make substantial progress after providing such a description. The aggrieved person's notice must...

FAAST University at the Putnam Lodge

We are all back to work after a fun and educational retreat to Cross City, FL. This past week FAAST held an internal training session at the Putnam Lodge in Cross City. The 3 days of training were a step toward a more consistent and structured future of FAAST.

 

Over the 3 days of training, we learned about the Importance of being a Customer-Centric Organization and how to provide the best Information and Assistance to our Customers by connecting with the people we serve and focusing on their needs. We introduced and provided training on several new tools that will assist our Headquarters and Regional Demonstration Centers with providing the best service possible. The Training also included updates and information on both the New Horizon Loan Program and Statewide Device Loan Program.

 

We taught the importance of a consistent message and goal going forward. The students of FAAST University not only learned, but practiced the techniques outlined in the Trainings.

 

This training was also a way for us to share ideas with one another and to communicate each of our roles within the organization. I feel everyone left there with a better understanding of each and every part of what...

How to contact FAAST if you have damaged equipment

Message from Michael Daniels, FAAST Executive Director

I want everyone in Florida to know FAAST is willing to work with any individual, state agency or organization, to replace or repair damaged or destroyed assistive technology or durable medical equipment. 

Here are the different ways to get in contact with FAAST:

Use our toll-free number: 1-844-FL-FAAST (353-2278).
Use the online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IrmaRelief
Use our TTY number: 1-877-506-2723.
Use the special email we set-up for this relief project: irma@faastinc.org.

FAAST is receiving donations and will be posting the donations on the FAAST AT List.  The FAAST AT List can be viewed via this link: http://www.classifieds....

A special message from the FAAST Executive Director

Dear Friends: 

We all need to stand tall and tell our two Senators we support Medicaid and its importance to the acquisition of assistive technology.  The Graha-Cassidy Bill will fundamentally change Medicaid from a Federal-State Partnership to a per capita cap funding mechanism.  This change would reduce the amount of Medicaid funding Florida receives over a ten-year period.  Florida Medicaid is the primary funding source for power and manual wheelchairs, communication devices, and specialty seating systems.  

This is time sensitive. Last month the Senate parliamentarian stated that the deadline for the current budget reconciliation process is September 30. This means that if voted on before September 30, this bill could pass with a simple majority – with fewer votes. Senator Cassidy claims to have 48-49 senators on-board.  Senator McConnell has asked the CBO to produce a score quickly.  We must act in the next 48 hours.

We need you to reach out to your Senators to support Floridians with Disabilities that use assistive technology.

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Scott issues Emergency Rules for Nursing Homes - Industry has Concerns

Gov. Rick Scott announced Saturday he was directing two state agencies to implement emergency rules for all 685 nursing homes and 3,109 assisted living facilities in the state requiring them to obtain generators and fuel that could sustain operations for at least 96 hours after a power outage.

Florida’s nursing home industry expressed support for Scott’s emergency rule, but it has concerns about the practicality of implementing it -- especially in time for the end of this hurricane season, says Mary Ellen Klas of The Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau.

To address their concerns, the industry’s trade association has called a “Nursing Center Emergency Preparedness Summit” for Friday in Tallahassee.

The rules come after eight residents at the Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hillsin Hollywood died Wednesday when a portable air cooler malfunctioned.

 

Source: Lobby Tools