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
Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Where to file a U.S. Dept. of Justice A.D.A. Complaint on-line.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015
2015 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.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Nationwide Release of the BEP’s U.S. Currency Reader Program to Help the Blind and Visually Impaired
  The Department of the Treasury’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) is now accepting and processing applications nationwide from blind or visually impaired individuals who wish to receive a currency reader to denominate U.S. currency. Under the U.S. Currency Reader Program, U.S. citizens or persons legally residing in the U.S. and its territories who are blind or visually impaired can obtain a currency reader device at no cost. The currency reader, known as the iBill® Talking Banknote Identifier, is compact in size, easy to use, and provides a response within just a few seconds. A user simply inserts a Federal Reserve note into the device, presses a button on the side, and the reader identifies the denomination.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has settled a disability discrimination lawsuit
  Car Dealership Settles Discrimination Lawsuit against Employee with Multiple Sclerosis The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has settled a disability discrimination brought against Benny Boyd Chevrolet-Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep, Ltd. An employee at the car dealership who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis was harassed and later forced to resign. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act it is illegal to harass and discriminate against an employee because of his or her disability. EEOC also alleged that one of the dealership's supervisors subjected the employee to demeaning comments about his condition, including asking him, "What's wrong with you? Are you a cripple?"

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
US Dept. of Justice Settles Lawsuit Against Days Inn Tulsa
  Days Inn Tulsa violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when it denied a room to a veteran and his family because the veteran uses a service dog.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015
U.S.D.O.J. reach settlement agreements
  The Justice Department announced today that it reached settlement agreements under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with the cities of DeKalb, Illinois; Vero Beach, Florida; Fallon, Nevada; and Isle of Palms, South Carolina. Under the settlement agreements, each city agrees not to conduct any medical examinations or make disability-related inquiries of job applicants before a conditional offer of employment is made, and to make its online employment opportunities website and job applications conform with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, which are industry guidelines for making web content accessible.

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.:

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.