Disability Information Student Handbook

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Section Two: Using Disability Services and Accommodations

Legal Aspects

Brief Legal Basics For College Students

In high school, the laws that provided disability-related services were under the Federal
“Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1997”(IDEA). The relevant laws that apply in college and in employment settings are different. These are briefly summarized below. For detailed information, see Web Resources on the web site:

Section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973
“No otherwise qualified handicapped individual in the United States shall, solely for reason of his/her 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” This requires that campuses make their programs and services accessible to persons with disabilities and prohibits practices which result in excluding students with disabilities.

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)
Extends universal civil rights protection to individuals with disabilities, covering public and private sector employment, public accommodations, transportation, and telecommunications.

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act
Requires that electronic and information technology of the college is accessible to people with disabilities, including employees and members of the public.

Title V Regulations of the Educational Code of the State of California,
Sections 56000-56076
Guides the provision of services and instruction for students with disabilities in community colleges.


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Last Updated: 4/28/09