Toolkit II: Legal Issues — ADA, Section 504, FERPA

The DisABILITY Resources Toolbox (DART) Toolkit II: Legal Issues highlights the basics of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act as they pertain to psychology programs:

Three case studies are also featured:


When Congress passed the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, it included Section 504 which forbade discrimination against persons with disabilities by programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance, which included virtually every institution of higher education, except the U.S. military academies and a few small religious schools. This was the first civil rights statute designed to prevent discrimination against persons with disabilities and was patterned after the Civil Rights Act of 1964.