FODAC Takes Part in Florida Summit on Assistive Technology Reuse and Emergency Management

24 January 2012


FODAC Takes Part in Florida Summit on Assistive Technology Reuse and Emergency Management

[Stone Mountain GA] — Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) joins the Florida Independent Living Council and the Pass It On Center at the Florida Summit on Assistive Technology (AT) Reuse and Emergency Management on Wednesday, 25 January at the Caribe Royale Orlando Hotel and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.  FODAC president Chris Brand will present on a panel, where he will discuss FODAC’s successful AT reuse program and how it can be used as a template in developing similar programs elsewhere.

The purpose of this conference is to explore the role of assistive technology in emergency management and the potential for expanding AT reuse in Florida. Assistive technology can range from multimedia devices allowing communication for the deaf or blind, to basic mobility devices such as wheelchairs, walkers and bathroom safety equipment. Reuse is the act of collecting, repairing, cleaning and redistributing used devices that are no longer being used to those who cannot obtain them otherwise

The Summit is being held in conjunction with the annual Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference in Orlando, 26-28 January 2012 . Representatives will attend from organizations throughout Florida that serve people with disabilities.

WHAT:      Florida Summit on Assistive Technology Reuse and Emergency Management
“How to Start and Operate a Successful AT Reuse Program” panel presentation

WHEN:   Wednesday, 25 January 2012, 11.30 a.m. EST

WHERE:  Caribe Royale Orlando Hotel and Convention Center
8101 World Center Drive
Orlando, Florida  32821

WHO:  Carolyn Phillips, director, Pass It On Center and program director, Georgia Tools
for Life
Chris Brand, president and CEO, FODAC
Liz Persaud, training and development manager, Pass It On Center
Lindsey Bean Kampwerth, OTD manager, AT Reuse and Repair, Paraquad Inc.

FODAC helps children, adults and seniors with disabilities regain their mobility, independence and quality of life.  The non-profit organization provides more than $9 million annually in refurbished home medical equipment (HME) and home modifications in Georgia and across the United States, all at little or no cost to the recipients. A pioneer in re-use, FODAC keeps 185 tons of materials out of landfills each year by refurbishing and reissuing over 300 HME items every month, and is recognized nationally for best practices.  Funding comes from grants, private foundations, corporations and individuals.

The organization was started by volunteers who began refurbishing and giving away wheelchairs to disabled in need in metro Atlanta and was officially incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 1986.  Since then, the organization has grown to include a staff of 22 and an average of 34 volunteers per week, and an annual budget of $1 million.  Chris Brand serves as president and executive director.  To date, FODAC has provided clients with over $60 million in medical equipment including over 25,000 wheelchairs.  The organization is supported through grants and corporate and private donations.  FODAC is headquartered at 4900 Lewis Road, Stone
Mountain, Georgia. For more information,visit or call770.491.9014.


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