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
Friday, July 31, 2015
25 Facts for 25 Years!
  Fact 25 - July 31, 2015 The State Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (P&A) is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with 25 facts about this significant law that provides civil rights protections for people with disabilities.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Building a Great Life!
  Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the ADA and the 40th Anniversary of the IDEA A Conference for Families, Self Advocates and Professionals

Friday, July 24, 2015
New Haven celebration of ADA anniversary includes accessibility tour of downtown
  Melissa Marshall, OPA Board Member and Coordinator of the Cross Disability Alliance conducted accessibility tour of New Haven businesses.

Thursday, July 23, 2015
OPA played key role in investigation of DCF’s CJTS and Pueblo Units
  Restraint and seclusion used on teenagers in DCF custody for rule-breaking, not just for emergency situations.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015
Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  Libraries across Connecticut will host the "Ask the Advocate" event.

Monday, June 29, 2015
OPA Attorneys Recognized for Outstanding Work
  On June 24, 2015, the OPA attorneys were recognized and received Law Enforcement Awards from the United States Attorney’s Office, District of Connecticut, for their dedication in securing and safeguarding the civil rights of persons with disabilities.

Monday, June 08, 2015
Americans with Disabilities Act - Title II Primer
  Who Has Responsibilities under the ADA? Title II of the ADA applies to all State and local governments and all departments, agencies, special purpose districts, and other instrumentalities of State or local government (“public entities”). It applies to all programs, services, or activities of public entities, from adoption services to zoning regulation. Title II entities that contract with other entities to provide public services (such as non-profit organizations that operate drug treatment programs or convenience stores that sell state lottery tickets) also have an obligation to ensure that their contractors do not discriminate against people with disabilities.

Thursday, June 04, 2015
Bill to reduce use of restraint and seclusion in schools passes House and Senate!
  Bill to reduce use of restraint and seclusion in schools passes House and Senate. The bill, Senate Bill 927, passed the House and Senate with only one no vote. The bill applies to all children, not just those receiving special education services, and no longer allows seclusion to be part of a student's education plan. Beginning July 1, 2015 restraint and seclusion will only be used by trained professionals and will only be used in emergency situations. Also, life threatening prone restraints which can make breathing difficult or impossible, are prohibited.

Monday, June 01, 2015
Starting Early: The Long Reach of Childhood Trauma
  This series was originally published online by The Connecticut Mirror. Arielle Levin Becker, a reporter for The Mirror, wrote these articles while participating in the National Health Journalism Fellowship, a program of USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. With permission from the CT Mirror, the Children's Fund of Connecticut (CHDI's parent organization) printed and distributed the "Starting Early" series.

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