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Protection and Advocacy for Individuals Rights - PAIR

The purpose of PAIR is to support a system in each State to:
Protect the legal and human rights of individuals with disabilities who need services that are beyond the scope or eligibility requirements of CAP or the other P&A Programs.

PAIR may serve people with a disability which substantially limits one or more of their major life activities and who have experienced a violation of their civil rights because they have a disability.

PAIR may provide the following services:

  • Protect the rights of individuals with disabilities;

  • Have the same general authorities, including access to records and program income, as are set forth in Part C of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act; and

  • Pursue legal, administrative, and other appropriate remedies or approaches to ensure the protection of, and advocacy for, the rights of such individuals within the State; and

  • Provide information on and make referrals to programs and services addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities in the State.

PAIR is authorized in:

  • 29 USC §794e, P.L. 106-402
    Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended
    (Last amendment and reauthorization: Workforce Investment Act of 1998)

PAIR is administered and regulated by:

  • 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


Rehabilitation Services Administration

National Council on Disability

Hawaii State Disability Communication and Access Board

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