Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act provides that no otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall, solely by reason of disability, be excluded from participation, be denied benefits, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity that receives federal financial assistance.

The goal of Section 504 is to eliminate discrimination based on disabling conditions. This law and its implementing regulations (34 CFR 104) apply to all organizations that receive federal funds. These regulations:

  • cover employment practices and program accessibility and
  • require recipients to eliminate discrimination in (a) employment practices and (b) the manner in which programs are conducted.

Section 101(A)(6) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 provides that any state agency or contract service provider who receives federal funds must take affirmative action to employ, and advance in employment, qualified individuals with disabilities.