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, February 08, 2016
Legislative Update
  The Appropriations Committee public hearing on Governor Malloy's proposed budget for Protection and Advocacy is Tuesday, February 9, 2016.

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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