Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities

{P & A Citizenship Justice Belonging}

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
Monday, January 26, 2015
Agency Closed
  In accordance with the Governor’s emergency orders, the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities is closed. The Office will re-open on Wednesday when full State operations resume. If you wish to report suspected abuse and neglect of a person with Intellectual Disabilities, you may call 860-297-4300 and press 2 when the welcome message begins, this will transfer you to the AID Unit voicemail, then press 1 to leave a message. OPA’s investigative staff will be checking the voice box throughout the day. Please leave a call-back number or other contact information If you have questions about the availability of an accessible shelter in your region of the State, or about how to request assistance from local officials, please call 2-1-1 (Infoline). If you are experiencing an emergency, call 9-1-1. If you wish to report problems with the accessibility of a shelter or other storm-related services, you may call 1-800-842-7303 or 860-297-4300 and leave a message. OPA staff will be checking the voice mailbox while the Office is closed.

Monday, January 26, 2015
Be Prepared!
  GOV. MALLOY ENCOURAGES RESIDENTS TO BE PREPARED AND TAKE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS FOR POSSIBLE BLIZZARD CONDITIONS Blizzard Warning Issued for Entire State, Coastal Flood Watch Also in Effect for Entire Shoreline

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Settlement Agreement Between the USA and Quinnipiac University under the Americans with Disabilities Act

Thursday, January 08, 2015
Notice of Proposed Amended and Restated Class Action Settlement and Hearing
  NOTICE OF PROPOSED AMENDED AND RESTATED CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT AND HEARING TO BE HELD ON MAY 7, 2015 TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE NATIONWIDE CLASS CERTIFIED BY THIS COURT TO INCLUDE BLIND PATRONS OF AUTOMATED TELLER MACHINES (“ATMs”) OWNED OR OPERATED BY EITHER CARDTRONICS, INC. OR CARDTRONICS USA, INC.:

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
P&A 2014 Annual Report
  The 2014 P&A Annual Report is dedicated to the memory of Arthur L. Quirk, dedicated advocate and friend to P&A and people with disabilities. P&A Advocacy Board member and chair.

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.