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P&A for People with ID/DD (PADD)

PADD Priorities

DRNY advocates for the rights of people with developmental disabilities through the Protection and Advocacy for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (PADD) Program. We assist our clients in achieving full integration and inclusion in society. An integration that is individualized, consistent with the unique strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities and capabilities of each individual.

We advocate for those to receive services and support that enable them to:

  • Make informed choices & decisions
  • Live in homes & communities in which they can exercise their full rights & responsibilities as citizens
  • Pursue meaningful & productive lives
  • Contribute to their family, community, State & Nation
  • Have independent friendships & relationships with others

DRNY provides a wide range of services through the Protection and Advocacy for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (PADD) Program including:

  • Advice/counsel
  • Support in pursuing administrative remedies
  • Technical assistance
  • Investigation and monitoring
  • Negotiation/mediation
  • Direct legal representation
  • Training

DRNY places a priority on serving individuals who reside in facilities that provide some kind of care and treatment to assist these individuals in obtaining access to community integration. 

Who is Eligible for PADD Services?

PADD clients must meet the definition of developmental disabilities in the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act as:

  • A severe & chronic disability, attributing to a mental &/or physical impairment that must be evidenced prior to the age of 22
  • The impairment must be expected to be life long and result in substantial limitations in three or more of the major life areas:
    • Self-care
    • Receptive and expressive language
    • Learning, mobility
    • Self-direction
    • Capacity for independent living
    • Economic self-sufficiency

 There is no charge for our services