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Just six years after the enactment of the provision, the U.S. Supreme Court was called on to interpret the nondiscrimination guarantee provision of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 in Southeastern Community College v. Davis (1979). Section 504 prohibits recipients of federal financial assistance from discriminating on the basis of disability in any of their programs. According to the act,

No otherwise qualified handicapped individual… shall, solely by reason of his handicap, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. (29 U.S.C. § 794(a))

The Court found that insofar as Southeastern Community College in North Carolina was operated by the state and accepted federal monies, it was bound ...

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