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Protection and Advocacy for [Individuals in Need of] Assistive Technology - PAAT

The purpose of this program is 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. Payments to provide PAAT services are made to the Protection and advocacy system established pursuant to part C of title I of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (42 U.S.C. §15001).

PAAT serves 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.

PAAT provides the following services:

  1. Information and Referral
  2. Advocacy, including informal, administrative and legal remedies to obtain assistive technology for people with disabilities.

PAAT is authorized in:

  • 29 U.S.C. § 3001 (Public Law 105-394, November 13, 1998)
    Assistive Technology Act of 1998

PAAT 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


Rehabilitation Services Administration

Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA)

Assistive Technology Resource Center (ATRC)

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