Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (as amended by Public Law (P.L.) 99-506 and P.L. 100-630)
KEY: No barriers!
- This law has 7 titles and 741 sections with the best-known section being 504 (under Title V-Misc.) which is the nondiscrimination section.
- Civil rights for disabled Americans
- Applies to state, department of state, agencies, or any entities who receive federal assistance directly or indirectly.
- Pertains to removal of: communication barriers, architectural barriers
- Policies/practices/or any other barriers preventing disabled people from participating in, benefiting from or being employed in any of the above.
Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Sections related to Interpreters)
KEY: The rehab act of '73 (504) applies to all disabled persons (not only vr clients)
- Section 101: Provisions for state plans
- Section 101(9)(A): Individualized written rehab.
- Section 101(15): Continuing statewide studies of the needs of disabled.
- Section 101(22): Established Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), including interpreters
- Section 102: Describes written rehab programs (from Section 101)
- Section 103(6): Describes VR services, including interpreters, TDDs and captioned materials for the deaf.
- Section 304(D): Provides for the training of personnel, including institutional grants for interpreters.
- Section 315: Funding provisions and planning needed for interpreter services described.
- Sections 501-508: The rights and responsibilities of the disabled and their service providers
Education of the Handicapped Act Amendments Law of 1986
KEY: Children age birth to six
- Schools refusing to serve special needs children will lose preschool grant $$$
- Provides for a multidisciplinary assessment and a written Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP).
Education of the Handicapped Act Amendments of 1990
KEY: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
- Changes title to "Individuals with Disabilities Education Act" (l.D.E.A.)
- Changes the word "handicapped" to the word "disabled"
- Now includes deaf/blind children
The American's With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)
KEY: Equal accessibility
- Improves upon the Rehab. Act of 1973
- Requires ALL buildings, programs, services and employment, both public and private, be equally accessible to persons with disabilities
Telecommunications Reform Act of 1996
KEY: Closed captioning
- Disability access to telecommunications equipment, services and video programming any new videos produced after August, 1997 must be captioned
- Any new videos produced after August, 1997 must be captioned
- ALL new programs (local news, movies, children's programs, documentaries) will be required to come with captioning