Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 applies to beneficiaries of any kind who receive federal funding, such as schools (elementary, secondary, and universities) and hospitals. Section 504 provides for prohibition of denying persons with disabilities goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations that are available to those without disabil ities. In addition, agencies or groups subject to Section 504 must adjust their work requirements and eligibility standards to accommodate the needs of persons with disabilities. However, Section 504 only protects an individual if the individual is deemed to be otherwise qualified and able to meet the essential eligibility requirements for the job, program, or activity. For individuals with mental retardation, Section 504 undoubtedly has created educational and vocational opportunities that would not have been possible without this legislation.



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