Protection and Advocacy of Individual Rights

Who is eligible for PAIR services?
The Protection and Advocacy of Individual Rights (PAIR) program provides free advocacy and representation to individuals with disabilities who do not qualify for other existing protection and advocacy programs.

What services do we provide?

We provide a wide range of services under the PAIR program, including:

Advice/professional assistance
Support in pursuing administrative remedies
Technical assistance
Negotiation/mediation
Legal assistance
Information/referral
Training
There is no charge for our services.

What region do we cover?
We provide direct representation under the PAIR program only to individuals located in the following counties: Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Dutchess, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, St Lawrence, Ulster, Warren, and Washington.

How do you contact us?
Call or write:

Disability Advocates, Inc.
5 Clinton Square, 3rd Floor
Albany, NY 12207
(518) 432-7861 (voice and TTY)
(518) 427-6561 (fax)
(800) 993-8982 (toll-free)
[email protected]

Does the PAIR program serve everyone who is eligible?
Due to limited resources, Disability Advocates cannot serve every person who seeks our assistance. Cases are accepted based on merit, program priorities, and available staff and resources. For a link to the priorities of the PAIR program, please click here.

What other resources for PAIR services are available?
Advocacy Services
NYS Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities
401 State Street
Schenectady NY 12305
(518) 388-2892 or
(800) 624-4143 (toll-free)

Other Regional Offices

New York City Region
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Inc.
151 West 30th Street, 11th Floor
NewYork, NY 10001-4007
(212) 244-4664
(212) 244-3692 (TTY)
New York City

Lower Hudson River Region
Legal Services of the Hudson Valley
90 Maple Avenue
White Plains, NY 10601
(914) 949-1305
Intake: (877) 574-8529 (toll-free)

Legal Services of the Hudson Valley
29 N. Hamilton Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 471-0058
Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester Counties

Western New York Region
Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc.
295 Main Street,
Ellicott Square Bldg, Rm 495
Buffalo NY 14203
(716) 847-0650
(716) 847-1322 (TTY)
Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates Counties

Central New York and Southern Tier Region
Legal Services of Central New York, Inc.
472 South Salina Street, Suite 300
Empire Building
Syracuse NY 13202
(315) 475-3127
(866) 475-9967 (toll free)
(866) 475-3210 (TTY)
Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, Schuyler, Tioga and Tompkins Counties

Long Island Region
Nassau/Suffolk Law Services Committee, Inc.
One Helen Keller Way
Hempstead, NY 11550
(516) 292-8100
Nassau County

Nassau/Suffolk Law Services Committee, Inc.
1757 Veterans Highway – Suite 50
Islandia, NY 11749
(631) 232-2400
Suffolk County, West of Route 112

Nassau/Suffolk Law Services Committee, Inc.
313 West Main Street
Riverhead, NY 11901-2480
(631) 369-1112
Suffolk County, East of Route 112

If you seek PAIR services outside of New York State, please click here for information about PAIR services that may be available in your state.