Disability Rights Vermont, Inc. (DRVT) is part of the National Protection and Advocacy system. This national system was created by Congress in response to concerns that States were not doing enough to protect people with disabilities against abuse, neglect and serious rights violations. The Congress created the Protection and Advocacy (P&A) system to increase scrutiny and available resources in order to improve conditions for people with disabilities.

Each state has a P&A system; some are part of state government and some are private, non-profit corporations. DRVT is a private, non-profit corporation designated by the Governor to be Vermont’s P&A system and has been in this role for more than fifteen years.