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, July 03, 2014
U.S. District Court Approves Settlement; Individuals With Mental Illness To Live In Community-Based Residences With Support
  U.S. District Court Approves Settlement; Individuals With Mental Illness To Live In Community-Based Residences With Support

Thursday, May 08, 2014
U.S. District Court Legal Notice
  To Residents of Chelsea Place Care Center in Hartford or Bidwell Care Center in Manchester: You may be entitled to live in the community with appropriate supports. A federal court authorized this notice. This is not a solicitation from a lawyer. Aviso Legal del Tribunal de Distrito de los EE.UU. Residentes de Chelsea Place Care Center en Hartford y Bidwell Care Center en Manchester: Usted podría tener derecho a vivir en la comunidad con la ayuda de servicios y apoyo adecuados. Un tribunal federal autorizó esta notificación. Este mensaje no es un anuncio publicitario de una firma de abogado. (Spanish version)

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.

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