What is the Rehabilitation Act of 1973?

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The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability and applies to any program that receives federal financial support. Section 504 of the Act is aimed at making educational programs and facilities accessible to all students. Section 508 of the Act requires that electronic office equipment purchased through federal procurement meet disability access guidelines.

For more information, consult Glossary of Disability-Related Terms and the Legal Issues area of The Faculty Room.

Last update or review: January 23, 2013