Disability Rights Pennsylvania (DRP) is a statewide, non-profit corporation designated as the federally-mandated organization to advance and protect the civil rights of adults and children with disabilities. DRP works with people with disabilities and their families, their organizations, and their advocates to ensure their right to live in their communities with the services they need, to receive a full and inclusive education, to live free of discrimination, abuse and neglect, and to have control and self-determination over their services. DRP works to ensure that people with disabilities have equal and unhindered access to employment, transportation, public accommodations, and government services; to enforce their rights to vocational, habilitative, post-secondary educational, health, and other services; and to protect them from abuse and neglect. DRP identifies systemic issues which are important to people with disabilities and seeks change and reform through litigation, administrative advocacy, and public education.
DRP is funded by Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Act ($1.1 million, 19%), Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act ($1.5 million, 25%), Help America Vote Act ($136,000, 2%), Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury ($86,000, 1.5%), Protection and Advocacy of Individual Rights ($613,000, 10%), Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology ($137,000, 2%), Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security ($250,000, 4%), Work Incentives Planning and Assistance ($288,000, 5%), Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council ($366,000, 2%), and non-governmental sources ($100,000, 2%).