Rehabilitation Act

The Rehabilitation Act prohibits any program or activity receiving federal funding from discriminating against people with disabilities. It has several sections, each of which concerns a different area of possible discrimination, such as federal workplace practices, architectural barriers, access to programs and services, procurement of electronic and informational goods and services—including websites—and more.

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Top 5 Historic Moments in Disability Rights
Infographic titled 'Top 5 Historic Moments in Disability Rights' featuring a background with exploding fireworks.

1968 - Architectural Barriers Act passed

1972 - Ed Robert and others establish the first Center for Independent Living

1973 - Rehabilitation Act Section 504 Passed

1988 - Dr. I. King Jordan named first Deaf President of Gallaudet University

1990 - Americans with Disabilities Act passed

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Important ADA Activists: Judith Heumann
Infographic titled 'Important ADA Activists: Judith Heumann'
Disability rights leader. Founder of Disabled in Action (1970). Led a sit-in to pass the regulations to implement Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
Quote: 'Disability only becomes a tragedy for me when society fails to provide the things we need to lead our lives-job opportunities or barrier-free buildings, for example. It is not a tragedy to me that I'm living in a wheelchair.'
Quote source: Joseph S. P. Shapiro, No Pity: People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement, page 20, (New York: Times Books, 1993).
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