Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities

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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, June 06, 2016
Current Openings in the Housing Choice Vocher Waiting Lists
  United Way of Connecticut - Housing Choice Voucher Program. Available openings in several towns.

Thursday, June 02, 2016
Where can Employers Find Help Recruiting and Hiring People with Disabilities?
  Hiring people with disabilities offers many benefits to businesses, including added diversity in the workforce, increased employee retention and reduced turnover. So where can an employer find these qualified, dedicated problem solvers with a demonstrated ability to adapt to new situations and circumstances?

Wednesday, June 01, 2016
Federal Disability Connection Information
  Ten Things Employers Need to Know 1.What Can YOU Do? The Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) is an initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy that encourages employers and others to recognize the value and talent people with disabilities bring to the workplace. Through three video public service announcements (PSAs), including “Who I Am,” “Because,” and “I Can,” the CDE highlights the abilities of people with disabilities and celebrates role models in the disability community. The PSAs are available in English and Spanish. The CDE also offers toolkits with posters, discussion guides and other materials to complement each of these PSAs, all of which employers and community organizations can use to support the campaign. The CDE also plays a leading role in October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).

Monday, April 11, 2016
We Need You!
  The Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Program of the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities is seeking new members for its PAIMI Advisory Council.

Monday, January 11, 2016
We need your input!
  The Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (P&A) would like to know what issues you think are most important to individuals with disabilities. This survey will help P&A collect information to develop its priorities and focus for the upcoming year. Please mark the 5 most important issues to you. There is also space at the end of this survey to list any issues that are important to you that were not already listed.

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.