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Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 was the first civil rights statute designed to prevent discrimination against individuals with disabilities.

Section 504 was patterned after the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It forbids discrimination against persons with disabilities by programs and institutions receiving federal financial assistance, which includes most postsecondary institutions. Specific language includes:

"No otherwise qualified handicapped individual...shall, solely by reason of his/her handicap, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance." (29 U.S.C. 794.)

The ADA of 1990 was patterned after Section 504, which also provides protection for students with disabilities in higher education.