THE MISSION of the Protection
and Advocacy Assistive Technology (PAAT) Program at
University Legal Services (ULS) is to ensure that people
with disabilities receive access to assistive technology
that will meet their needs and promote their choice,
autonomy, and inclusion in community life.
The following priority and objectives reflect ULS’
advocacy to promote access to assistive technology:
1. Advocate on behalf of people with disabilities to
ensure their access to assistive technology under Medicare,
DC Medicaid and other DC government programs.
a. Advocate for people with disabilities living in
institutions such as nursing facilities and in the community
to obtain and maintain properly fitted wheelchairs and
other medical equipment that meet their needs through
the DC Medicaid Program.
b. Advocate for people with disabilities to obtain
and maintain assistive technology equipment and services
that meet their needs and maximize their ability to
CASE SELECTION CRITERIA
1. ULS 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
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 ULS’ representation.
A client may lodge an oral grievance with a ULS 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
University Legal Services
220 I Street, N.E., Suite 130
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 547-0198 Phone
(202) 547-2662 Fax
(202) 547-2657 TTY
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
A grievant may appeal the Executive Director’s
decision to the ULS Board of Directors within ten (10)
days of the written decision of the Executive Director.
The decision of the ULS 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.