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THE LAW Disability Services and the FEDERAL STATUTES Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

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2 THE LAW Disability Services and the

3 FEDERAL STATUTES Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

4 504 & ADA…. ….. are civil rights statutes designed to prevent discrimination against students with disabilities.

5 Section 504 First civil rights statute designed to prevent discrimination against persons with disabilities First civil rights statute designed to prevent discrimination against persons with disabilities Forbids discrimination against persons with disabilities by programs and activities receiving federal funds, Forbids discrimination against persons with disabilities by programs and activities receiving federal funds,

6 Section 504 No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States shall solely by reason of his (or her) disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal assistance, or under any program conducted by any executive agency or by the United States Postal Services.No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States shall solely by reason of his (or her) disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal assistance, or under any program conducted by any executive agency or by the United States Postal Services.

7 Section 504 The objective of 504 is to ensure that people with disabilities have opportunities and access to the benefits of all federally funded programs and activities.

8 Americans with Disabilities Act Requires that people with disabilities not be excluded from participation in, or be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination Requires that people with disabilities not be excluded from participation in, or be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination Does not require the institution receive federal financial assistance. Does not require the institution receive federal financial assistance.

9 ADA Provides clear enforceable standards addressing discrimination against individuals with disabilities by ensuring the federal government plays a significant role. Provides clear enforceable standards addressing discrimination against individuals with disabilities by ensuring the federal government plays a significant role.

10 Implications of 504 & ADA Those who have qualified for admissions have a right to be in higher education. Those who have qualified for admissions have a right to be in higher education. Once admitted, students have a right to access academic and nonacademic programs. Once admitted, students have a right to access academic and nonacademic programs.

11 Implications of 504 & ADA Qualified students are eligible to receive reasonable accommodations that relate to their disabilities. Qualified students are eligible to receive reasonable accommodations that relate to their disabilities. Students have a right to confidentiality of all disability related information. Students have a right to confidentiality of all disability related information. Guarantees ACCESS - NOT success! Guarantees ACCESS - NOT success!

12 NC - Senate Bill 866 Guarantees the right to persons with disabilities in accessing electronic information, including web sites, computers in public libraries, etc. This bill requires compliance by municipalities, counties, community colleges, universities and any agencies in state government. Guarantees the right to persons with disabilities in accessing electronic information, including web sites, computers in public libraries, etc. This bill requires compliance by municipalities, counties, community colleges, universities and any agencies in state government.

13 Things you should know... There must be a designated person to coordinate compliance (ADA) There must be a designated person to coordinate compliance (ADA) Documentation does not have to be every 3 years (Boston U) Documentation does not have to be every 3 years (Boston U) Academic freedom does not supercede other considerations. (Cohen v. San Bernardino Valley College) Academic freedom does not supercede other considerations. (Cohen v. San Bernardino Valley College)

14 Things you should know... Primary consideration should be shown to students request (ADA) Primary consideration should be shown to students request (ADA) College personnel can be held personally liable. (Howe v. Hull) College personnel can be held personally liable. (Howe v. Hull) Have a grievance procedure (ADA) Have a grievance procedure (ADA) Due Process Due Process

15 Karen Yerby NC Community College System


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