ERIC Number: ED357552
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Legal Foundations, Number 1.
ERIC Clearinghouse on Handicapped and Gifted Children, Reston, VA. ERIC/OSEP Special Project.
This paper describes the content of two major laws affecting special education, identifies the agencies charged with their implementation, and provides a list of resources that address specific questions about these laws and their application in special education. The first law, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities in any program or activity that receives financial assistance from the U.S. government. It guarantees an appropriate special education as well as accessibility to regular education programs and applies to all persons with disabilities regardless of age. The second law, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, extends protection from discrimination to private sector and state and local government activities. It has four titles dealing with employment, public services, public accommodations, and telecommunications. Two lists conclude the paper: one provides information on 16 organizational resources, and the other provides addresses for the 10 regional offices of the U.S. Office for Civil Rights. (JDD)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Adult Education, Civil Rights Legislation, Disabilities, Disability Discrimination, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Government Role, Postsecondary Education, Preschool Education, Prevention, Public Policy, Resources, Special Education
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Handicapped and Gifted Children, Reston, VA. ERIC/OSEP Special Project.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990; Rehabilitation Act 1973 (Section 504)