WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR PAAT SERVICES?
PAAT clients are people with disabilities receiving or interested in receiving or having difficulty obtaining assistive technology who reside in New York State.
WHAT DOES PAAT DO?
The Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology (PAAT) program provides free legal and advocacy services to people with disabilities relating to assistive technology devices or services. The federal Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act (Tech Act) requires States to provide funding to establish protection and advocacy programs to advocate for persons with disabilities seeking technology or related services. The Tech Act provides federal funds to states to encourage the delivery of technology to persons with disabilities.
The PAAT program advocates for the rights of people with disabilities to receive assistive technology and related services.
OCTOBER 1, 2015 to SEPTEMBER 30, 2018
Represent individuals with disabilities to obtain durable medical Assistive Technology (AT) to maximize independent living with priority given to equipment routinely denied without individual consideration or due to a lack of prior approval for an item.
Advocate for individuals with disabilities to have access to AT necessary to maintain or obtain competitive employment.
Advocate for individuals with disabilities to receive AT while in school or while transitioning from school to ensure independent living, post-secondary schooling or competitive employment.
Conduct outreach and provide education and technical assistance to ensure that individuals with disabilities, families, advocacy groups, providers and policy makers, including underserved communities, throughout New York State know about DRNY, the P&A system, the PAAT program, and the rights of individuals with disabilities to access AT.
Identify and address systemic barriers to obtaining AT with specific focus on underserved communities including Veterans with AT needs;
Educate and provide technical assistance to individuals with disabilities, families, providers, vendors, school personnel, advocacy groups and policy makers about the use of AT to improve access to independent living, school and post-secondary learning or employment;
Conduct outreach about the P&A system, the PAAT program, and the rights of individuals with disabilities to access AT.
PROTECTION AND ADVOCACY FOR ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY (PAAT)
Christina Asbee, Esq.
Ryan McDonald, Esq.
PAAT Staff Attorney