Est. time: 20 min

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a broad federal civil rights statute written to provide special education and rehabilitative services for individuals with disabilities including preschool and school-aged children and young adults and to provide certain protections for all Americans to access programs, activities, and services. Unfortunately, even in 1977 when Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act was put into action, there still was much confusion as to what was the responsibility of Section 504 in comparison to existing special education laws. It was commonly viewed that Section 504 was not to provide special education, but only "access" to buildings and services. It was not until 1991 that the differences and the similarities of all existing legislation were initially clarified. In this tutorial, you will learn the basic identification and location requirements for students and adults; the general compliance requirements for meeting Section 504 regulatory requirements; and how the Statutes provide protection for all individuals with disabilities with regard to providing access to programs, activities, and services.

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