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
Thursday, May 05, 2016
May is National Children's Mental Health Awareness Month

Friday, April 29, 2016
Legislative Update
  Update for Friday, April 29, 2016

Monday, April 25, 2016
New Accessible Technology Section
  The Department of Justice has launched a new Accessible Technology section for, its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Web site, to further assist covered entities and people with disabilities to understand how the ADA applies to certain technologies, such as Web sites, electronic book readers, online courses, and point-of-sale devices. Covered entities have longstanding obligations to make their programs, goods, services, and activities accessible—including those they provide online or via other technology.

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.

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