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

PADD Priorities

DRNY advocates for the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through the Protection and Advocacy for people with Developmental Disabilities (PADD) Program. We assist our clients in achieving full inclusion in society. We promote access to community living and opportunities, services, employment, and rights enforcement that is consistent with the unique strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, needs, and abilities of each individual.  We also monitor, investigate, and advocate to ensure people with developmental disabilities live free of abuse, neglect, and rights violations.  We also diligently advocate to maximize our client’s right to self-determination.

Our PADD attorneys and advocates are committed to helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities:

  • Make informed choices and decisions
  • Live in homes and communities in which they can exercise their full rights and responsibilities as citizens
  • Pursue meaningful and productive employment
  • Contribute to their family, community, state and nation
  • Receive all necessary supports in school, at work, and in the community
  • Live safe and meaningful lives free from abuse and neglect

DRNY provides a wide range of services through the 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:

  • Live in institutional settings
  • Are at risk of placement in a restrictive setting
  • Are subject to, or at risk of, abuse or neglect
  • Are members of underserved communities

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