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    Q1. What is Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

      Q2. What does “disability” mean under Section 504?

        Q1.  What is Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?
        A.
        Section 504 is a law that makes it illegal for programs that receive federal funds to discriminate against people with disabilities.  Most colleges and universities receive federal money; therefore they are covered by this law.  Section 504 requires schools to make their classes, programs, and activities accessible to students with disabilities.

        Q2.  What does “disability” mean under Section 504?
        A.
        Under Section 504, a disability is any condition that seriously limits a “major life activity.”  Major life activities include taking care of one self, working with your hands, walking, seeing, and hearing.  They also include speaking, breathing, and learning.

         

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