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
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Schedule of Open Public Forums for Children's Behavioral Health Plan
  The State of Connecticut is seeking input on how to improve children's behavioral health through a series of six open public forums. The forums are designed as listening sessions to inform the development of a statewide behavioral health plan. The first public forum was held in March and the remaining five forums are scheduled in May and June. Registration is required. Child care will be available.

Monday, March 31, 2014
Assistive Technology (AT) in Action
  Introducing the newest video from the Family Center on Technology and Disability. In FCTD's newest AT in Action video, you'll meet Jean, an engaging 6th grader who uses assistive technology to support learning and having fun with friends and family. Jean's mother and 6th grade teacher, Jacob Westman, provide interesting insights into Jean's technology use.

Monday, March 17, 2014
2014 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

Monday, March 17, 2014
RB-54 An Act Concerning Collaboration Between Boards of Education and Law Enforcement Personnel

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
New Congressional Report on Restraint and Seclustion in Schools
  The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee has issued an updated report on the use of Restraint and Seclusion in schools across the country. Citing cases from many states, including Connecticut, the report recommends significant legal reforms as well as investments in training and technical assistance for school systems and teachers. Legislation to implement these recommendations is also being introduced by Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy.

Sunday, February 09, 2014
Annual Report 2012-2013 On the Use of Physical Restraint and Seclusion in Connecticut Schools
  The Annual Report on the Use of Physical Restraint and Seclusion in Connecticut, produced by the State of Connecticut State Board of Education, is shared here as an Adobe file.

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