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
Monday, April 13, 2015
Press Release - Connecticut Association of the Deaf
  Bow Tie Cinemas and the Connecticut Association of the Deaf are pleased to announce that Bow Tie Cinemas has completed the conversion of all of its Connecticut theaters to digital projection. As part of the conversion, closed captioning devices are now available in all Bow Tie Cinema’s Connecticut locations for the use of patrons who are deaf and hard of hearing

Wednesday, April 08, 2015
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.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015
April is National Awareness Autism Month
  About the Autism Society: The nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, the Autism Society is a national source of information, advocacy and support that reaches local autism communities offering a one-of-a-kind nationwide network of autism knowledge and support. An organization with 50 years of heritage and heart, the Autism Society is dedicated to providing a trustworthy, respectful and caring network of people that truly impacts the lives of individuals on the spectrum. For more information, visit www.autism-society.org

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
2015 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 are available as Adobe files, Word documents, on-line and in alternative formats upon request.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Where to file a U.S. Dept. of Justice A.D.A. Complaint on-line.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Nationwide Release of the BEP’s U.S. Currency Reader Program to Help the Blind and Visually Impaired
  The Department of the Treasury’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) is now accepting and processing applications nationwide from blind or visually impaired individuals who wish to receive a currency reader to denominate U.S. currency. Under the U.S. Currency Reader Program, U.S. citizens or persons legally residing in the U.S. and its territories who are blind or visually impaired can obtain a currency reader device at no cost. The currency reader, known as the iBill® Talking Banknote Identifier, is compact in size, easy to use, and provides a response within just a few seconds. A user simply inserts a Federal Reserve note into the device, presses a button on the side, and the reader identifies the denomination.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
US Dept. of Justice Settles Lawsuit Against Days Inn Tulsa
  Days Inn Tulsa violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when it denied a room to a veteran and his family because the veteran uses a service dog.

Thursday, January 08, 2015
Notice of Proposed Amended and Restated Class Action Settlement and Hearing
  NOTICE OF PROPOSED AMENDED AND RESTATED CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT AND HEARING TO BE HELD ON MAY 7, 2015 TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE NATIONWIDE CLASS CERTIFIED BY THIS COURT TO INCLUDE BLIND PATRONS OF AUTOMATED TELLER MACHINES (“ATMs”) OWNED OR OPERATED BY EITHER CARDTRONICS, INC. OR CARDTRONICS USA, INC.:

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