Protection and Advocacy of Individual Rights – PAIR

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The purpose of the Protection and Advocacy of Individual Rights is to protect and advocate for the rights of individuals with disabilities who do not qualify for assistance under the Client Assistance Program (CAP), Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities (PADD), or Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI). PAIR will protect and advocate for the rights of individuals with disabilities through enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Rehabilitation Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Fair Housing Act, the Constitution of the United States and its amendments, the Constitution of Mississippi, and other applicable state and federal laws.

The ADA definition of an individual with a disability is very specific. A person with a “disability” is an individual who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of his/her major life activities such as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working; has a record of such impairment or is regarded as having such an impairment.

PAIR is authorized in:
29 USC §794e, P.L. 106-402
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended
(Last amendment and reauthorization: Workforce Investment Act of 1998)

PAIR 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
Phone: (202) 245-7331, Fax: (202) 245-7591