Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Introduction | Section 504 |
In 1973, the Rehabilitation
Act of 1973 was enacted. The purpose of this act was to prohibit discrimination
by federal agencies, federal contractors, and recipients of financial
assistance. It was also created to prohibit discrimination in education,
employment, building accessibility, health, welfare, and social services.
If this law is broken by such an agency or employer, a person may file
action under the Rehabilitation Act. This is the private cause of action
for discrimination related to disability. It may also be an alternative
way to address discrimination covered under more recent laws. Many parts
of this act are used often today, including Section 504.
Section 504 helps to protect people with disabilities in programs that
receive funding from the United States Department of Education. Students
with disabilities can acquire certain items and services from Section
504. The law helps to meet the needs of the individual student. Section
504 covers a variety of students. Some of these services include having
someone to help the disabled student with his or her needs, giving the
student extra time to perform certain tasks, and more. Section 504 helps
make the education and quality of life better for disabled students who
take advantage of their opportunities.
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