|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.
|Thursday, February 11, 2016|
| ||Public hearing Friday, February 19 on a bill concerning community residences (such as "group homes").
Public Hearing next Friday, February 19th concerning community residences (such as "group homes")
|Thursday, February 04, 2016|
|Agency Closed for State Holiday|
| ||In observance of State Holidays, OPA will be closed on February 12 and 15, 2016, and will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 16, 2016.
|Friday, January 29, 2016|
|Connecticut Youth Leadership Project, Inc.|
| ||Connecticut Youth Leadership Project, Inc.
The Connecticut Youth Leadership Program (CTYLP) provides youth and young adults, with disabilities, opportunities for self-discovery, the development of self-advocacy, decision-making, and problem-solving skills to maximize their leadership potential.
The Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) is a FREE 4-day and 3-night leadership forum for high school youths that takes place at UConn's Storrs campus. During the week, students develop a Community Action Project for completion after the forum. Upon completion of their projects, students become eligible for one of several scholarships CTYLP has to offer.
|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.
|Monday, January 11, 2016|
|The Down Syndrome Adult Assessment Program|
| ||Announcement regarding a service from Dr. Gerard J. Kerins, M.D., F.A.C.P., Section Chief of Geriatric Medicine, Hospital of Saint Raphael|
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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.