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ADA and Key Sections of the Rehabilitation Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in the workplace, in state and local government programs and activities, and in places of public accommodation.

Select the following links to learn more about the ADA, the rights it guarantees, and how to find how hotels, motels, and health care facilities can comply with their ADA obligations.

ADA Key Links

AFB's Statement on ADA and the Internet

Of Consuming Interest: Titles II & III of the ADA

ADA Checklist: Health Care Facilities and Service Providers

ADA Checklist for Hotels and Motels

Q&A About Service Animals

ADA Guide for Lodging Places

Key Sections of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as Amended

Select the following links to learn more about the Rehabilitation Act and the rights it guarantees.

Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act

Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in Federal employment and applicants for employment. Federal agencies are required to make reasonable accommodations for qualified employees or applicants with disabilities. Section 504 extends this prohibition to federal contractors.

Section 501 Key Links

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act bars recipients of federal financial assistance—such as federal, state, and local governmental agencies programs and services—from discriminating against individuals with disabilities.

Section 504 Key Links

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act requires that all "electronic and information technology" (EIT) developed, procured, maintained, or used by federal agencies must be equally accessible to persons with disabilities as it is to those who are not disabled. The statute and the implementing standards help to create an accessible workplace for federal employees with disabilities. When EIT conforms with the requirements of section 508, people who are blind or visually impaired are able to access and use government information and services as independently and effectively as those who are sighted. Through the use of technology, filling out an electronic form, keeping a copy of the form, or accessing information describing a federal program is as accessible for persons with disabilities as it is for those without disabilities. People who are blind or visually impaired can locate, identify and operate the controls, and functions of any information technology used to provide government information, whether it is on the web, or in a kiosk.

Section 508 Key Links

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