Protection and Advocacy Projects Information Center
The Protection and Advocacy (P&A) System and Client Assistance Program (CAP) comprise the nationwide network of congressionally mandated, legally based disability rights agencies. P&A agencies have the authority to provide legal representation and other advocacy services, under all federal and state laws, to all people with disabilities (based on a system of priorities for services). All P&As maintain a presence in facilities that care for people with disabilities, where they monitor, investigate and attempt to remedy adverse conditions. These agencies also devote considerable resources to ensuring full access to inclusive educational programs, financial entitlements, healthcare, accessible housing and productive employment opportunities.
National Assistive Technology Advocacy Project
Funded through a grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), this project provides nationwide support services to Protection and Advocacy (P&A) and Client Assistance Program attorneys and advocates, as well as Legal Services and private attorneys who are working on AT advocacy issues. The project's web site features downloadable booklets on funding AT through Social Security, SSI (Supplementatl Security Income), Medicare, Medicaid, vocational rehabilitation, and the public schools' special education system. The project's online newsletter is the AT Advocate. [More Information on National Assistive Technology Advocacy Project]
National Disability Rights Network (formerly the National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems, Inc.)
The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities. Collectively, the P&A/CAP network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States. [More Information on National Disability Rights Network (formerly the National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems, Inc.)]
RESNA Catalyst Project
The RESNA Catalyst Project provides technical assistance to the entities funded under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, including the State assistive technology projects and alternative financing programs, which provide affordable financing options for the purchase of assistive technology devices and services. [More Information on RESNA Catalyst Project]