Fiscal Year 2022 Protection and Advocacy for Individual Rights (PAIR) Appropriations Request and Justification

February 12, 2021
Fiscal Year 2022 Protection and Advocacy for Individual Rights (PAIR) Appropriations Request and Justification

Download the Word version of this appropriations request and justification here.

Protection and Advocacy for Individual Rights (PAIR) provides advocacy assistance to individuals with:

  • Physical disabilities, such as spinal cord injury and amputations.
  • Sensory disabilities, such as blindness and deafness.
  • Neurological impairments, such as multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy.

PAIR funds critical advocacy for people with disabilities to live independently, receive an education, find and maintain employment, have access to transportation and housing and be fully integrated into the community.

Background

More children and adults with disabilities are eligible for the PAIR program than any other Protection and Advocacy (P&A) program – yet PAIR is not adequately funded. In fact, PAIR receives the lowest funding support per person of P&A federal grants. From FY 2004 to 2008, PAIR was cut almost every year. After slight increases in FY 2009 and 2010, PAIR was cut again in FY 2013 due to sequestration. A slight increase in FY 2014 did not make up for the sequester and the slight increase in FY 21 is far from sufficient to keep funding up with inflation. PAIR program funding is administered by the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA).

Request

The PAIR program needs increased funding. We urge Congress to build off the FY 21 increase so the P&As can carry out the PAIR program mission of helping children and adults with disabilities become independent, self-sufficient members of our communities.

Line graph displaying PAIR program appropriations funding and the inflation rate over the past fiscal years. The graph displays the following five data sets in millions: In 2013 PAIR funding was $17.09 while the adjusted inflation rate was $18.92 In 2015 PAIR funding was $17.65 while the adjusted inflation rate was $19.48. In 2017 PAIR funding was $17.65 while the adjusted inflation rate was $19.77. In 2019 PAIR funding was $17.65 while the adjusted inflation rate was $20.67. In 2021 PAIR funding was $18.15 while the adjusted inflation rate was $21.31.

NDRN recommends a funding level of $22 million for Fiscal Year 2022

For more information, please contact Cyrus Huncharek at (202) 408-9514 or [email protected].