Protection and Advocacy for Individuals Rights – PAIR

The purpose of PAIR is to support a system in each State to:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.