PAAT Program

PAAT Goals and Priorities: October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019

DRC-NH receives PAAT funding to help people with disabilities access assistive technology and related services. DRC-NH helps with disability related legal issues in the priority areas outlined below.


Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology (PAAT) Program

Provide counseling and advice to people with disabilities regarding assistive technology.

Provide limited or full representation people with disabilities regarding assistive technology legal issues. Below are examples of the types of cases DRC-NH will consider:

  • Access to Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) services
  • Access to ramps and other equipment to improve accessibility
  • Access to assistive technology for people with disabilities in prisons and jails
  • Access to assistive technology in schools
  • Access to assistive technology in employment
  • Access to assistive augmentative communication devices and software (AAC)

In accepting cases for limited or full representation, DRC-NH will consider the following:

  • Does the individual meet eligibility criteria?
  • Does the case have legal merit?
  • Do we have the capacity, funding and expertise to provide quality representation?
  • Does the case fit within our priorities?
  • What is the likelihood that our advocacy would make a positive difference to people with disabilities?
  • Would our advocacy result in services being provided in a more integrated setting?

Communicate to people with disabilities, family members and others regarding their rights to access assistive technology

  • Conduct outreach and training with priority given to:
    • Empowering people with developmental disabilities to advocate for themselves
    • Assisting DRC-NH to reach underserved groups and communities
    • Training and outreach focused on the North Country
  • Communicate via DRC-NH e-news, RAP Sheet, social and traditional media, website, brochures and other written materials. Priority will be given to the development of written materials in areas where we are not providing representation.

Ensure DRC-NH collaborates with other groups and organizations on assistive technology issues impacting people via committee work.

  • Long Term Care Advisory Committee
  • Access to Justice
  • Elder Rights Coalition
  • NH Bar Association – Mental and Physical Disabilities Law Section