Federal Law

Federal Law

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973   states:

no otherwise qualified handicapped* individual in the United States. . . shall, solely by reason of. . . handicap, 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.

This policy is also consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended (ADAAA) ]. The ADAAA replaces the word handicap with disabled/disability and is not based on an institution being a recipient of federal funding.