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Assistive Technology (AT) is any product or service designed to enable independence for disabled and older people.
(King's Fund consultation, 2001)

The Foundation for Assistive Technology (FAST) works with the AT community to support innovation in product development and good practice in service provision.

Latest Projects

Search our database of UK Assistive Technology research projects here.

Support FAST

FAST's future is in question due to the Department of Health's sudden decision to end the independent production of the annual report to Parliament on research and development work relating to assistive technology and to dramatically scale back the scope of the report. Find out more here and find out how you can support FAST.

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FAST Monthly Newsletters

  • AT Policy News keeps you up to date with changes in policy and legislation in the UK.
  • AT R&D News focuses on funding, current projects, resources, jobs and events in AT.


Annual Report to Parliament 2013-14

Image of front cover of the report to parliament, click to download report.Commissioned by the Department of Health and presented to Parliament each July, FAST reports on AT research and development activity across the UK. Providing a comprehensive report on all AT research being funded by the UK government, this is a valuable resource for the sector. Download the report from the Department of Health website, here [external link] or the FAST website, here.

Economic and Business Models for Assisted Living

The Technology Strategy Board's Assisted Living Innovation Platform (TSB ALIP) funded a number of projects to look at economic and business models (EBM) for assisted living.

  • Links to: CoModal, SALT, MALT, DAP and MOST EBM projects 
  • The DAP paper on consumer market models can be downloaded here.
  • A mid-term review was commissioned from FAST. Download the summary [link to pdf] or the full review [link to pdf]. 
  • A further discussion paper authored by FAST on breaking the assisted living market is here.

Where do you come from ...?

Chart the global interest in UK assistive technology research and development activity.