Federal laws are those rules and principles governing the affairs of the country and enforced by the legal system. In regards to distributed education, the federal government has passed limited legislation. The government prefers to defer this responsibility to the states and accrediting bodies. Exceptions lie in specific subjects for which the federal government has passed or is currently considering legislation that affects distributed education: accessibility for the disabled, copyright law, financial aid, intellectual property, and Web site protection.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) is a section of civil-rights law that forbids discrimination of various sorts against persons with physical or mental handicaps. Section 508 (1998) requires that federal agencies' electronic and information technology be accessible to people with disabilities. ...

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