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Disability Laws

Federal Legislation

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504

Section 794. Nondiscrimination under Federal grants and programs; promulgation of rules and regulations

(a) Promulgation of rules and regulations

No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States, as defined in section 705 (20) of this title, shall, solely by reason of his or her disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance or under any program or activity conducted by any Executive agency or by the United States Postal Service. (

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and ADA Amendments Act of 2008

The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of an individual’s disability in employment, state and local government, public accommodations, public transportation and telecommunications. An individual with a disability is defined as any individual who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one of more major life activities. The primary purpose of the ADA Amendments Act is to make it easier for people with disabilities to obtain protection under the ADA. For more information, you may visit

Last updated: 12/2/2020