Welcome to FDAAF

Florida Disability Access and Awareness Foundation

Education, organization and innovation.  These are the tools we are using in our fight to help the disabled enjoy the quality of life that all human beings deserve. The FDAAF is dedicated to raising awareness of issues affecting the disabled community, educating the public to fight misinformation and stereotypes and offering products and services to improve the lives of millions of people. 2013 American Community Survey states that 13.4% of the Florida population has a disability -increase from the previous year of 12.9%. The national statistics are alarming as well. About 56.7 million people — 19 percent of the population — had a disability in 2010, according to a broad definition of disability, Over 2 million more than in 2005.

More than half of them reporting the disability was severe, according to a comprehensive report on this population released by the U.S. Census Bureau. This percentage has increased compared to a study in 2005. Those numbers are only expected to grow. FDAAF was built on a philosophy, that while all individuals have a different level of mobility and ability unique to them, certain issues are common to all people with disabilities. The prejudice, ignorance and exclusion that they often face. Dealing with your condition is one thing, let it control your life and define you is another. It’s our belief that creating a more educated and inclusive society will lead disability community to a fuller, happier life. FDAAF will talk about these issues through programs and campaigns that present an age old problem through a modern engaging way, with one goal in mind, empowerment through inclusion.


To support our mission, you can donate to:


THE BETTER WORLD

What makes us unique

Learn more about FDAAF

Perspective

The FDAAF has members from all walks of life, giving us the ability to look at issues from a variety of viewpoints.

Dedication

Our team shares a passion for equality and quality of life for all people, and is dedicated to helping the disabled community achieve these.

Talent

We have people who excel at programming, art and creating and executing new ideas.

You (hopefully)

The success of the FDAAF depends us building a strong community of supporters.

"When people talk to me after noticing I'm blind, I can hear the pity in their voices. I don't want to be pitied. I want to be treated as an equal, not as a victim of circumstance."

− Michael, blind from a young age

"I've only been in a wheelchair for about a year, and it's profoundly affected how I view the world. I'm still struggling to understand my limits compared to what I used to be able to do."

− Stephen, Paraplegic

"The world is a lot bigger through my eyes. A small trip to the bus stop can feel like a long journey."

− Devin, paraplegic

"Some days, I feel like everyone is looking at me like I'm inconveniencing them just by existing. We need an open dialogue to find out what the cause of these stigmas are."

− Sam, Paraplegic

"My friends often see the world differently just by intereacting with me they notice things and think of the problems they haven't before. I wanted to make the greater public "think" and "notice, but I haven't heard of a nonprofit that presents the world from the disability perspective."

− Ralph Strzalkowski, President, DAAF

LOOK AROUND BY OUR EYES

Our Articles

Read about our world

What is he holding?  Who is he talking to?

| Articles | No Comments

Sometimes, it can be difficult to make out what’s going on in a movie, especially during dark scenes with a dimly lit theater screen. People with visual impairments have an…

The Goals of DAAF Revealed

| Articles | No Comments

The middle-aged woman was met with hesitation when she applied for a job as a receptionist.  The employer asked how the blind woman might know to press an alarm button…

The Comedian’s Plight

| Articles | No Comments

As the crowd cheered for the comedian who just went off stage, it was clear the next performer would be different.  He had to perform on the floor in front…

It’s hard to get good service

| Articles | No Comments

As the doorbell rings, you hastily try to reach the entrance. The mess on the floor creates an obstacle course you must navigate around. Fortunately, the person ringing the doorbell…