Client Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility Stamp

Disability Rights Nebraska provides services to persons with disabilities regardless of race, religion, color, sex, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, age, or ancestry. Each of our funding sources sets basic eligibility requirements for individuals who may be served using their funds:


PAAT (Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology):
Any person denied assistive technology devices or services designed to meet the specific needs of an individual with disabilities.


PABSS (Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security):
Any person with a disability receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and who wants to return to work despite their continuing disabilities.


PADD (Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities):
A developmental disability means that an individual must have a severe mental or physical impairment which occurs before the age of 22, is likely to be life-long, results in functional limitations in at least three areas of major life activity (self-care, receptive and expressive language, learning, mobility, self-direction, capacity for independent living and economic self-sufficiency), and needs an individually tailored plan for care, treatment or other services for an extended period of time.


PAIMI (Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness):
Any person with a significant mental illness, as determined by a Licensed Mental Health Professional, who is currently an inpatient or resident of a facility providing care and treatment for mental illness, including persons who have been discharged from a facility within the last 90 days or who present an issue that arose during their stay at a facility or within 90 days after discharge or the person lives in the community. Priority is given to those who present an issue while in a facility. Disability Rights Nebraska can provide services to people who are confined in a jail for reasons other than serving a criminal sentence.


PAIR (Protection and Advocacy for Individual Rights):
Any person with a physical or mental disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities, or with a record of such impairment, or who is regarded by others as having such impairment and who is not eligible for assistance under the CAP (Client Assistance Program), PADD and PAIMI programs. The Client Assistance Program provides assistance to individuals related to vocational rehabilitation services. The CAP office is located in the Nebraska Department of Education, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (800-742-7594).


PATBI (Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury):
This program focuses on information, referral, advice, outreach, self-advocacy, family advocacy, and legislative advocacy to individuals with traumatic brain injury.


PAVA (Protection and Advocacy for Voting Access):
Disability Rights Nebraska receives federal funding under the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) to ensure the right of individuals with disabilities to participate in the electoral process, including registering to vote, casting a vote and accessing polling places. HAVA funds are not permitted to be used to litigate voter access issues. However, those issues can be addressed through our other protection and advocacy programs.