Accessibility Legislation Overview


Federal Laws Governing Accessibility

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Americans with Disabilities Act is a civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, state and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation. There are some provisions of the ADA that directly affect higher education. Title II applies to public universities and Title III applies to private universities.
 

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act is a civil right legislation applicable to all universities that receive federal funding. It states: "No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States…shall, solely by reason of her or his disability,

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