FAAST Northeast Regional Demonstration Center
Hope Haven Children's Clinic & Family Center
4600 Beach Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL 32207-4764
Voice: (904) 346-5100 / TDD: (904) 346-5141
Fax: (904) 346-5111
FAAST Northeast RDC Faculty/Staff
Hope Haven 's FAAST Northeast Regional Coordinator
Eric Witherspoon, M.A
Hope Haven 's FAAST Northeast Regional Assistive Technology Specialist
Phone: 904-346-5100 Ext. 336
Jacksonville Community Fair
Saturday, September 16, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
New Covenant Ministries
2360 St Johns Bluff Rd S, Jacksonville, FL 32246
UF Early Steps Fall Festival
October 21, 2017
6271 St Augustine Rd Suite 1 Jacksonville, FL 32217
11:00 am – 3:00pm
Annual Hiring Abilities Employer Symposium and Career Fair
November 2, 2017
Northeast RDC News!
The FAAST Northeast Regional Coordinator provided an exhibit table for the Nassau County College and Career Fair held at FSCJ Betty Cook Center in Yulee, Florida on February 23, 2016. Participants learned how assitive technology could assist them with acheiving their educational and career goals.
The FAAST Northeast Regional Demonstration Center provided an exhibit table for The BRAILLE CHALLENGE; an event hosted by the Jacksonville Public Library on January 28, 2016. The BRAILLE CHALLENGE is a national program of the Braille Institute hosted by schools and agencies that serve blind and visually impaired children. This annual event provides an opportunity for elementary students to high school seniors to compete in reading braille. It is literally a spelling bee in Braille. The top 12 students in each age group go on to compete in the national competition in California.
FAAST Northeast Assistive Technology Specialist, spends time with children of Reynolds Lane Elementary School to teach them how to access and enjoy e-books on an iPad.
Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST)
Overview of NERDC Services
Assistive Technology can unleash the potential of children and adults with disabilities. Devices such as switch-operated toys, communication tools and voice-activated computers give motion to those who cannot move and voices to those who cannot speak, enabling more independent living skill development for satisfying lives and careers. Hope Haven’s Lucy Gooding Center for Learning provides evaluations, training, tutoring, workshops, and community support.
The FAAST Northeast Regional Demonstration Center is located at Hope Haven. The mission of FAAST is to enhance the quality of life for Floridians with disabilities, regardless of age, by promoting the awareness of, access to, and advocacy for assistive technology. Housed at Hope Haven, FAAST provides the following services:
Assistive Technology Information and Assistance- The Northeast Regional Demonstration Center provides information and referrals concerning assistive technology devices, funding sources and dealers.
Adaptive Equipment Lending Library- The Center maintains an inventory of assistive technology devices that may be borrowed for up to 30 days.
Adapted Toy Lending Library- The Center maintains an inventory of adapted toys that may be borrowed for up to 30 days.
Demonstrations, Tours and Presentations- FAAST provides both formal and informal demonstrations, tours and presentations to organizations on a variety of topics related to assistive technology.
- Assistive Technology Consultation and Training- This service helps individuals and businesses identify types of assistive technology that will assist individuals in living and working more independently. Training on how to use a device or assistive software is also available.