Disability Rights and Assistance

Are you disabled and working, or unable to work? Are you worried about the kinds of health care you will receive when you’re unable to make decisions for yourself? This section has information about that and more.

Under the ADA, one has a disability if one has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity, if one has a history of such an impairment, or is perceived to have an impairment.
Watch this video to learn about how to apply and appeal for disability at Social Security. This video covers federal laws so the information in it is true no matter what state you live in.
This video describes the rights of students under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. These are federal laws, so the information is true for every state.
What kind of medical care would you want if you were too ill or hurt to say? You can prepare legal documents ahead of time that tell your wishes if you cannot speak for yourself later. Read this booklet to learn how to state your choices about medical care, organ donation, and naming someone to...
This video is for people who get SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance). It will explain what you can do if Social Security sends you a letter telling you that they are going to take money out of your check for an overpayment.
Can’t work because of a disability? You may be able to get help from the government. Your disability could be a physical condition or a mental health condition. Read this to find out about the two programs (SSDI and SSI), how to apply, how to appeal and more.
Can I be forced to take a drug test? Who can see my personnel file? If you have questions like this, read this article to learn your rights and the laws that protect you. It covers: drug tests, time off to take care of a family member, discipline, firing, discrimination, temporary worker rights,...
2-1-1 is a free service that can help you with many different kinds of problems, including substance abuse, domestic violence, suicide prevention, financial problems, and more. It is available 24 hours a day and 365 days per year.
The Center for Disability Rights, based in West Haven, CT, advocates for people with disabilities and their issues on a local, statewide, and national level. They also provide services to individuals and their families, as well as...
The Attorney General represents the interests of the people of the State of Connecticut in all civil legal matters involving the state to protect the public interest, and to serve as legal counsel to all state agencies.
The CT Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities is the lead state agency on eliminating discrimination through civil and human rights enforcement.File a Discrimination Complaint
Working with families and the public and private sector to provide services and support programs for Connecticut Citizens with mental retardation.
Promotes and administers comprehensive, recovery-oriented services in the areas of mental health treatment and substance abuse prevention and treatment throughout Connecticut.
Mission is to:Meet basic needs of food, shelter, economic support and health care.Promote and support the choice to live with dignity in one's own home and community.Promote and support the achievement of economic viability in the...
This office provides the opportunity for applicants and recipients of DSS programs to request a hearing to contest actions taken by DSS.
The Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (“P&A” or “OPA”) is an independent state agency established to safeguard and advance the civil and human rights of people with disabilities in Connecticut.P&A...
HUSKY Health is the State of Connecticut’s public health coverage program for eligible children, parents, relative caregivers, senior citizens, individuals with disabilities, adults without children, and pregnant women.
Operation Fuel provides assistance to Connecticut residents to help them cover their energy costs.Bookmark this link and check it often to get the latest information about Operation Fuel program updates.
Watch this video to learn about how to apply and appeal for disability at Social Security. This video covers federal laws so the information in it is true no matter what state you live in.Get a PDF of this video that you can print out and...
This video describes the rights of students under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. These are federal laws, so the information is true for every state.Get a PDF of this video that you can print out and read.
This video is for people who get SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance). It will explain what you can do if Social Security sends you a letter telling you that they are going to take money out of your check for an overpayment. If you...
2-1-1 is a free service that can help you with many different kinds of problems, including substance abuse, domestic violence, suicide prevention, financial problems, and more. It is available 24 hours a day and 365 days per year.
For over 57 years Ability Beyond Disability has been the premiere resource helping individuals with disabilities pursue lives that most people take for granted.  Finding homes where people can live, providing supports that they can...
The Department of Social Services provides a broad range of services to the elderly, people with disabilities, families, and individuals who need assistance in maintaining or achieving their full potential for self-direction, self-reliance...
Ansonia307 Main St., 06401Phone: 866-331-7096Fax: 203-732-0522Manager: Paul FotiBridgeport3885 Main St., 3rd Floor, 06606Phone: 866-331-6399Fax: 203-365-8470Manager: Mrs. CannaBristol225 North Main St., Room 400, 06010Phone: 860-314-...
Hartford OfficeWilliam R. Cotter Federal Building135 High Street, Room 331Hartford, CT 06103866-931-2878New Haven OfficeConnecticut Financial Center157 Church Street, 22nd FloorNew Haven, CT 06510866-613-2750
The Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities ("P&A" or "OPA") is an independent state agency established to safeguard and advance the civil and human rights of people with disabilities in Connecticut.In...
To fulfill President Lincoln's promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans. 
Workforce Alliance works to improve the delivery of workforce services in close collaboration with business, education and training providers, and local elected officials. They serve the public through four CTWorks Career Centers.Workshops...