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Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology (PAAT)

Statutory Authority

29 U.S.C. § 3001 (Public Law 105-394, November 13, 1998)

Assistive Technology Act of 1998

The Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology (PAAT) program was established in 1994 when Congress expanded the Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988 (Tech Act - P.L. 100-407).  

Designation

The Tech Act provides grant funds to the designated state P&A system.

Purpose

To “assist individuals with disabilities and their family members, guardians, advocates and authorized representatives in accessing technology devices and assistive technology services” through case management, legal representation and self-advocacy training.

Eligibility

People with disabilities who are eligible for funding of assistive technology devices and services through the Rehabilitation Act, Medicaid, Medicare, Special Education, or private insurers or other possible sources of payment.

Services

1.

Information and Referral

2.

Advocacy, including informal, administrative and legal remedies to obtain assistive technology for our client.

Federal Administration

Carol Dobak, Program Specialist

U.S. Department of Education (DOE)

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS)

Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)

400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Room 5017

Washington, DC 20202-2800

Phone:  (202) 245-7331, Fax:  (202) 245-7591

E-mail:  carol.dobak@ed.gov

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