Protection and Advocacy Assistive Technology – PAAT

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The PAAT program was created in 1994 when Congress expanded the Technology-related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act (Tech Act) to include funding for P & As 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. Originally passed by Congress in 1988, the Tech Act set up a lead agency in each state to coordinate activities to facilitate access to, provision of, and funding for assistive technology devices and services for individuals with disabilities. The office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) administers the PAAT program.

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