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.

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.

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.