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Accessibility Laws and Obligations


Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973: https://www.dol.gov/oasam/regs/statutes/sec504.htm

  • Prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability against students with disabilities.


Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), as amended in 2010: http://www.ada.gov/regs2010/titleII_2010/titleII_2010_regulations.htm

  • Together, these laws define the obligations by which an institution is expected to provide equal opportunity to individuals with disabilities and ensure individuals with disabilities are not excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of a public entity.


Dear Colleague Letter [PDF]: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-20100629.pdf

  • While both of the above laws were originally drafted prior to the advent of electronic and information technology, the Department of Justice and Department of Education jointly issued a Dear Colleague Letter affirming the rights of individuals with disabilities as it pertains to the use of technology in higher education.