Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973: Prohibiting Discrimination Against Individuals with Disabilities in Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Assistance
June 13, 2007
Summary: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination against an otherwise qualified individual with a disability solely by reason of disability in any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance or under any program or activity conducted by an executive agency or the U.S. Postal Service. Section 504 was the first federal civil rights law generally prohibiting discrimination against individuals with disabilities. This report examines Section 504, its regulations, and Supreme Court interpretations. Emphasis is placed on its differences from the ADA, and on its relationship to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). It will be updated as necessary.