The PAIR program supports the protection and advocacy system in each state to protect the legal and human rights of individuals with disabilities.
Each PAIR program must set annual priorities and objectives to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities in each state. Although the objectives and priorities vary from state to state to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities in each state, most PAIR programs set priorities and objectives aimed at reducing barriers to education, employment, transportation, and housing. In addition, PAIR programs advocate on behalf of individuals with significant disabilities to promote community integration and full participation in society.
Funding Title: Program of Protection and Advocacy of Individual Rights
Agency Name: Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Express Language for Legal Aid: Yes
In order to be eligible for advocacy services from the PAIR program, an individual with a disability must meet three criteria:
- The individual’s concern must be beyond the scope of the Client Assistance Program (see # 84.161A, also under topical heading Rehabilitation), which is authorized under Sec. 112 of the Rehabilitation Act.
- The individual must be ineligible for services from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Protection and Advocacy of Developmental Disabilities (PADD) program (authorized under Part C of the DD Act).
- The individual also must be ineligible for the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) program of HHS (authorized under the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Act).
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No
How to Apply: New applicants must fill out and return an application letter available at http://www2.ed.gov/programs/rsapair/applicant.html
Estimated Total Program Funding: $17,087,735
Eligible Applicants: (specifically) Protection and Advocacy Systems as established under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000.
Priority Consideration: Objectives aimed at reducing barriers to education, employment, transportation, and housing
Policy and Regulations on Use of Funds: See http://www2.ed.gov/programs/rsapair/legislation.html
Current/Past Funding Recipients: 2014, 2013 and 2012
Link to Full Announcement: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/rsapair/index.html
Contact Information: David Jones, David.Jones@ed.gov, Phone: 202-245-7356