Federal Law prohibits the discrimination of an individual based on a disability in any program or opportunity that accepts or operates under federal funding. This funding is widespread and touches many organizations and operations in cities and municipalities. Being discriminated based on a disability is unacceptable, but may likely be rectified under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Section 504 and The Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination based on disability in any program or activity operated by recipients of federal funds. Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) prohibits discrimination based on disability by public entities, regardless of whether they receive federal financial assistance.
Examples of the types of discrimination prohibited include inequitable access to educational programs and facilities, denial of a free appropriate public education for elementary and secondary students, and refusal to implement or inappropriate implementation of academic adjustments in higher education.
Section 504 and Title II also prohibit employment discrimination; complainants may choose whether to pursue such complaints with OCR or with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
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Section 504 legislation covers all federally funded areas, such as school programs, clubs and bands, as well as any organizations operating under federal funds . As such, the impact of the legislation is far-reaching and can touch many different aspects of one’s life. If you feel that you or a loved one is being discriminated against on the basis of disability, you should consult with an attorney experienced in the complicated field of education or employment law. Our attorneys represent students and employees throughout Fairfield County, and are ready to advocate on your behalf. Please contact Joseph C. Maya, Esq., at 203-221-3100, or at JMaya@mayalaw.com, to schedule a consultation.
Source: U.S. Department of Education