ERIC Number: ED242851
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr-5
Reference Count: 0
Remarks before the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Disability Rights Conference (Washington, DC, April 5, 1984).
Reynolds, Wm. Bradford
This speech by the Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice describes the Reagan Administration's enforcement of section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and other federal statutes protecting the rights of disabled people in America. The Supreme Court case of "Consolidated Rail Corporation v. Darrone," in which the government took the position that section 504 forbids employment discrimination in all federally assisted programs, plus its role in protecting the rights of handicapped infants in the "Baby Jane Doe" case, are cited. The Division's preparation of rules for implementation of section 504 in the Department of Justice and its activities in overseeing the development of similar rules in ninety-plus other Executive agencies are described. The speaker also discusses the challenge by disability rights groups to the regulation which stated that the Department of Justice need not take measures that would result in a "fundamental alteration in the nature of its programs and activities, or in undue financial and administrative burdens," and the subsequent clarification of the regulation via a Supplemental Notice with six "principles of interpretation." The development of a Uniform Federal Accessibility Standard (UFAS) for buildings is cited as are other activities on behalf of the disabled. (CJM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Civil Rights Div.
Identifiers: Rehabilitation Act 1973 (Section 504)