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Disability Rights Ohio is designated under federal law as the system to protect and advocate the rights of people with disabilities and as the Client Assistance Program under the Rehabilitation Act. The mission of Disability Rights Ohio is to advocate for the human, civil, and legal rights of people with disabilities in Ohio.
Disability Rights Ohio provides legal advocacy and rights protection to a wide range of people with disabilities. This includes assisting individuals with problems such as abuse, neglect, discrimination, access to assistive technology devices, special education, housing, employment, voting, community integration, and rights protection issues within the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
Disability Rights Ohio administers the following programs:
- Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology (PAAT)
- Client Assistance Program (CAP)
- Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities (PADD)
- Protection and Advocacy under the Help America Vote Act (PAVA)
- Protection and Advocacy for Individual Rights (PAIR)
- Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI)
- Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS)
- Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (PATBI)