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
Monday, October 05, 2015
The Journey Begins . . . Understanding the Special Education Process
  This is a two-session training, in Spanish, for parents of children receiving — or needing — special education services who would like to learn how to navigate the school system more effectively.

Thursday, October 01, 2015
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month
  National Disability Employment Awareness Month is a national campaign that tries to raise awareness about people with disabilities who are employed.

Monday, September 14, 2015
New Law Limits the Use of Restraint and Seclusion in Schools
  New Law to Benefit Children. In 2015, the Connecticut legislature passed new legislation that places significant limits on the use of restraint and seclusion in Connecticut schools. The Office of the Child Advocate and the Office of Protection and Advocacy, both charged with advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities, applaud the bi-partisan reform bill that will reduce and prevent reliance on unnecessary and harmful interventions for children.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Disability Resource Directory
  (UPDATED) The Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (P&A) created the Disability Resource Directory in an effort to navigate an overwhelming service delivery system. The directory brings together a variety of resources for individuals with disabilities, their families and providers.

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.

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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