The purpose of PAAT 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, self-advocacy training and legal representation. Funding for PAAT is provided to the Protection and Advocacy system 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 to receive funding for the acquisition, utilization, or maintenance of assistive technology devices or assistive technology services through the Rehabilitation Act, Medicaid, Medicare, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), private insurers or other payment sources.
PAAT provides the following services:
- Information and Referral, and
- Advocacy, including administrative and legal remedies, to obtain assistive technology for people with disabilities.
PAAT authorization: 29 U.S.C. § 3001 (Public Law 105-394, November 13, 1998)
PAAT is administered and regulated by:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Community Living
Washington, DC 20201