Assistive Technology (AT) is any product or service designed to enable independence for disabled and older people.
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Commissioned by the Department of Health and presented to Parliament annually, view the report by FAST on AT research and development work across the UK. Providing a comprehensive and detailed report on all AT research activity being funded by the UK government, this is a unique, free resource for the sector. Download the report from the Department of Health website here [external link] or from the FAST website, here.
FAST is participating in the Dap Connect project to support the development of business models that will enable disabled and older people to easily access the latest technologies. Working with partners FAST has drafted a paper proposing new ways of shaping the market to enable this to happen. A final version of the paper will be published in the summer and any comments are welcome. Download the document here.
Commissioned by the Office of the Communication Champion and authored by FAST, this report aims to inform arrangements for commissioning of specialised Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) services under new NHS arrangements. The Communication Champion recommends that the models proposed in the report are adopted by the NHS Commissioning Board and by local NHS and local authority commissioners. The report is available here.
Provided separately is a model Service Specification for specialised AAC services, available here.
Document setting out a Quality Standard for AAC which provides specific, concise quality statements and measures and identifies those services that should comply with them. Based on sector expertise and compiled and edited by FAST, the document is available here.
Report by FAST looking at the technical and person-centred competences needed to install a range of next generational assisted living services in a recent project led by Tynetec. The report identifies changing business and workforce practice and the implications for training and education. Read the report here.
Publication edited by FAST, aimed at commissioners and installers of data, power and telecommunications networks in new build homes to support assisted living - a decision support tool. Available via this link.
Press release for the guide is here.
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