Dr. Gwendolyn W. Stephenson District Administration Center

Equity Resources Relating to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990(ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilititation Act

The following are some resources available to you regarding equity issues in the college setting as they relate to the American with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
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The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) is a law that was enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1990. It was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H. W. Bush, and later amended with changes effective January 1, 2009.

The ADA is a wide-ranging civil rights law that prohibits, under certain circumstances, discrimination based on disability. It affords similar protections against discrimination to Americans with disabilities as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which made discrimination based on race, religion, sex, national origin, and other characteristics illegal. Disability is defined by the ADA as "a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity." The determination of whether any particular condition is considered a disability is made on a case by case basis. 

Section 504 is a federal law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education (ED). Section 504 provides: "No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States . . . shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, 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 . . . ."

These are important issues to Hillsborough Community College and we encourage you to explore the laws more thoroughly using the links below, and to contact the HCC Office of Equity & Diversity with any questions or concerns you may have.

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