The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 protects the civil rights of people with disabilities. As the act states,

Disability is a natural part of human experience and in no way diminishes the right of individuals to live independently, enjoy self-determination, make choices, contribute to society, pursue meaningful careers, and enjoy full inclusion and integration in the economic, political, social, cultural, and educational mainstream of American society. (Section 2(a)(3))

To that end, the act’s purpose is to provide “comprehensive and coordinated state-of-the-art programs of vocational rehabilitation, independent living centers and services, research, training, and demonstration projects”(Section 2b). The U.S. Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) is responsible for administering the act. The RSA develops and issues program regulations, as well as the policy guidelines that support those ...

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