|Welcome to the internet site of the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (better known as OPA or simply "P&A"). P&A is an independent State agency created to safeguard and advance the civil and human rights of people with disabilities in Connecticut. Part of a nationwide network of protection and advocacy systems, the Office operates under both State and federal legislative mandates to:
- provide information, referral, and advocacy services;
- pursue legal and administrative remedies on behalf of people with disabilities who experience disability-related discrimination;
- investigate allegations of abuse and neglect that arise in specific service settings or that affect individuals with particular disabilities; and,
- provide education, information and training on disability rights to policy makers, advocacy groups and members of the public.
| Latest News|
|Friday, May 10, 2013|
|Join the Conversation for Change!|
| ||Help shape federal agency strategies for helping youth and young adults with disabilities successfully transition from school to work.
|Monday, May 06, 2013|
|Jury Awards $240 Million for Long-Term Abuse of Workers with Intellectual Disabilities|
| ||WASHINGTON - A Davenport, Iowa jury today awarded the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) damages totaling $240 million - the largest verdict in the federal agency's history - for disability discrimination and severe abuse.
|Tuesday, April 30, 2013|
|Agency Closed for the State Holiday|
| ||In observance of Memorial Day, May 27, 2013, OPA will be closed and will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on May 28, 2013.
|Monday, April 08, 2013|
|DOJ announces settlements|
| ||The Justice Department announced yesterday that over the past four months it has reached five settlements to remedy alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The agreements resolve allegations that these five health care providers – including a hospital, skilled nursing facilities, a rehabilitation center, and a doctor’s office -- violated the ADA by failing to provide effective communication to people who are deaf or have hearing loss in the provision of medical services.|
|Friday, April 05, 2013|
|2013 Testimony Before the General Assembly|
| ||Testimony presented by the Executive and Assistant Director of the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities before the General Assembly are available as Adobe files, Word documents, on-line and in alternative formats upon request.|
|Thursday, March 28, 2013|
|SEEKING: CHILDREN ON MEDICAID/HUSKY A WITH AUTISM AND IN NEED OF APPLIED BEHAVIORAL ANALYSIS SERVICES|
|Friday, March 22, 2013|
|USDOJ Enters into Agreements to Resolve Allegations that two Colorado Law Enforcement Agencies Failed to Provide Effective Communication to Individuals who are Deaf.|
| ||The Justice Department announced yesterday that it has reached settlement agreements with the City of Englewood and the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The agreements resolve allegations that these law enforcement agencies failed to provide effective communication to individuals who are deaf, including crime victims, witnesses, members of the public, arrestees, and detainees. These law enforcement agencies came forward voluntarily to enter into these agreements while the Department’s investigation was ongoing, so no finding of violation was made against either entity. The agreements also resolve a private lawsuit brought by individuals who are deaf, the Colorado Association of the Deaf, and the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition. The agreements are very comprehensive and may serve as models throughout the nation’s law enforcement and detention communities.|
|Tuesday, February 26, 2013|
|Why Do So Many Disability Groups Oppose Physician Assisted Suicide?|
| ||In 2009, a proposal that would have legalized Physician Assisted Suicide was introduced in the Connecticut General Assembly. The language of that proposal paralleled legislation being pursued in other states by Compassion and Choices, a successor organization to the Hemlock Society. When the proposal was withdrawn without a public hearing, Compassion and Choices moved to the Courts, seeking a judicial ruling that provisions of the Connecticut Statutes prohibiting assisting a person to commit suicide should not be applied to physicians who write lethal prescriptions for their patients. Their lawsuit was dismissed. Now, in 2013, it appears that another attempt to legalize Physician Assisted Suicide is being made in Connecticut. While the details of the current proposals are unavailable as of this writing, they will likely be similar to proposals that are being pursued in other states – proposals that have drawn stiff opposition from disability advocates in those states.
Proponents of legalizing Physician Assisted Suicide argue that it’s all about compassion and personal autonomy.|