With the transition of a new Executive Director, FAAST began relationship building with the Florida Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program (BSCIP). FAAST gave a general awareness presentation to the BSCIP coordinators across the state. BSCIP then sent FAAST marketing materials to their network. The intention of the collaboration was to expand assistive technology services to Floridians who have spinal cord injuries. Federal AT Act funding was used in the form of paid salaries for this collaboration.
Access to AT improved by means of financial loans through the New Horizon Loan Program. BSCIP managers expressed excitement and a new understanding of the AT program in Florida after the awareness presentation. Partnership activities are intended to continue as FAAST expands its service delivery system to serve more individuals in rural communities. FAAST continues to identify potential partner organizations to spread awareness of the AT program as part of the FAAST Strategic Plan 2020.