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Post Secondary students must self identify as disabled and/or learning disabled due to privacy regulations. The school must then verify the disability with proper documentation.

The Law

It is important to understand that no product or instructional method will ever be 100% universal given the wide range in students’ individual needs. When individualized accommodations for students with disabilities are required, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act applies.

  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973: Requires that institutions of higher education provide students with disabilities the same opportunities as nondisabled students.

  • Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of1973: establishes requirements for electronic and information technology developed, maintained, procured, or used by the Federal government. Section 508 requires Federal electronic and information technology to be accessible to people with disabilities, including employees and members of the public.

    An accessible information technology system is one that can be operated in a variety of ways and does not rely on a single sense or ability of the user. For example, a system that provides output only in visual format may not be accessible to people with visual impairments and a system that provides output only in audio format may not be accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Some individuals with disabilities may need accessibility-related software or peripheral devices in order to use systems that comply with Section 508.

  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Civil rights legislation prohibiting discrimination against individuals with disabilities in:
    • employment
    • state and local government
    • public accommodations and services
    • transportation
    • telecommunications

Useful Resources:

Section 508 informatin regarding section 508 and web accessibility

Adobe Accessibility a site with information and resources regarding accessisbility and adobe products.

Last Modified 11/11/10