Protection and Advocacy

For Individual Rights (PAIR)

 

People eligible for DLC services under the PAIR Act are individuals with disabilities who are ineligible for Protection and Advocacy services under the PADD or PAIMI programs. The decision of whether or not a client meets the PAIR definition requires a case by case analysis. The following list provides guidelines/examples of cases that would meet PAIR criteria.

  1. Client's impairment occurred after age 22 and meets the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) definition of being a person with a disability, which means having a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities OR having a record of such an impairment OR being regarded as having such an impairment. Persons included may be those with traumatic brain injury, amputations, stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer's, and other conditions or diseases.
  2. Client's impairment occurred before age 22 and does not meet DD or PAIMI criteria but does meet the ADA definition in the previous paragraph. Persons included may be those with learning disabilities and/or behavior disorders, such as attention deficit disorder (ADD).
  3. Client is a recovering substance abuser or attempting to access treatment services.