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ERIC Number: ED509285
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Nondiscrimination in Higher Education: What's the Law? PEPNet Tipsheet
Simon, Jo Anne, Comp.
When Congress passed the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, it included Section 504 which forbade discrimination against persons with disabilities by programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance, which included virtually every institution of higher education, except the U.S. military academies and a few small religious schools. This was the first civil rights statute designed to prevent discrimination against persons with disabilities and was patterned after the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) was patterned after Section 504. It, too, requires that students with disabilities may not be excluded from participation in, or be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination by any institution which is subject to the ADA. The ADA does not require that the institution receive federal financial assistance. This tipsheet summarizes background information on the ADA and implications in the college environment, as well as provides "do's" and "don'ts" for faculty and staff.
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Support Staff; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS)
Authoring Institution: PEPNet-Northeast
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990; Civil Rights Act 1964; Equal Access; Rehabilitation Act 1973 (Section 504)