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Federal Regulations

Assurance of equal educational opportunity rests upon legal foundations established by federal law, specifically the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 including Section 504, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. By federal law, a person with a disability is any person who:

has a physical or mental impairment; has a record of such impairment; or is regarded as having such an impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities such as self- care, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, or learning.


Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008
Federal statutes govern the rights of individuals with disabilities;

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) states that no “otherwise qualified person” with a disability can be excluded from, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity within an institution that receives federal financial aid.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (as amended, 2008) defines a person with a disability as any individual who (1) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; (2) has a record of such an impairment; or (3) is perceived by others as having such an impairment.

Taken together, Section 504 and the ADA (and ADAAA) require institutions of higher education to provide equal access to educational opportunities to otherwise qualified persons with disabilities.

 
 
 
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