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, November 30, 2015
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.

Friday, November 27, 2015
Job-Driven Vocational Rehabilitation Webinar Series
  This 60-minute webinar will define the concept of Customized Training (CT) as it applies to national workforce job-driven initiatives around preparing youth and adults with disabilities for work.

Friday, November 27, 2015
Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  25 Facts about the Americans with Disabilities Act!

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