DRDC helps advocate for people with disabilities to get medical equipment through DC Medicaid and other DC government programs: wheelchairs (manual or power), walkers, canes, shower chairs, hospital beds, hoyer lifts.
DRDC also helps advocate for people to get Assistive Technology such as communication devices, readers, and speech-activated software.
Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology (PAAT)
PAAT Objectives and Priorities 2021
THE MISSION of Disability Rights DC at University Legal Services (DRDC) is to ensure that District of Columbia residents with disabilities have the legal rights to which they are entitled, including the right to be free from harm, the right to individual choice and the right to full inclusion in the community.
The following are the priorities and objectives for the Protection and Advocacy Program for Assistive Technology (PAAT) for 2021:
Ensure that people with disabilities receive access to assistive technology that meets their needs and promotes their choices and inclusion in community life.
CASE SELECTION CRITERIA
DRDC accepts cases related to protecting the legal and human rights of individuals who reside in the District of Columbia who have disabilities that fall within the aforementioned priorities.
While we recognize that every situation is important, please note that case acceptance is dependent upon available resources, including staff time. If your case is not accepted and you wish to file a grievance, please submit your grievance in writing to the Executive Director. Current clients may also submit a grievance to the Executive Director about the quality of DRDC’s representation. A client may lodge an oral grievance with a DRDC staff member who shall put the grievance in writing and submit it to the Executive Director. The Executive Director may be reached at:
Jane Brown, Executive Director
The Executive Director shall respond in writing within thirty (30) days of receipt of a grievance from any client or prospective client, or community member who has an interest in the operation of the protection and advocacy program.
A grievant may appeal the Executive Director’s decision to the Board of Directors within ten (10) days of the written decision of the Executive Director. The decision of the Board of Directors shall be final and not subject to further appeal or review. Client confidentiality shall be maintained.
The Executive Director shall report grievances to the Board of Directors annually.
Learn more about Disability Rights DC
- Disability Rights DC - Client Assistance Program
- Disability Rights DC - Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
- Disability Rights DC - Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness
- Disability Rights DC - Protection and Advocacy for Individual Rights
- Disability Rights DC - Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security
- Disability Rights DC - Protection and Advocacy for Voter Access
- Disability Rights DC - Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology
- Disability Rights DC - DC Jail and Prison Advocacy Project
- Disability Rights DC - Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury