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Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a national law in the United States that protects qualified individuals from discrimination based on their disability. Serving as a major precursor to the more well-known Americans with Disabilities Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA) of 1990, Section 504 intended to extend civil rights and opportunities to children and adults with disabilities in education, employment, housing, and various other settings that receive financial assistance from any federal department or agency. Common organizations, employers, and other federal entities that are required to comply with Section 504 regulations include many schools, hospitals, nursing homes, mental health centers, and federally assisted housing providers. Although the regulations may vary depending on the setting, Section 504 ...

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