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Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Author: Erica Hatchell, Docsoft Inc.
Created: 7.15.2009

The Americans with Disabilities Act protects individuals with disabilities in public and private sectors, transportation, public accommodations, services provided by state and local government, and telecommunication relay services.

Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act requires recipients to provide to students with disabilities appropriate educational services designed to meet the individual needs of such students to the same extent as the needs of students without disabilities are met.

At the postsecondary level, the recipient is required to provide students with appropriate academic adjustments and auxiliary aids and services that are necessary to afford an individual with a disability an equal opportunity to participate in a school's program.

For more information about Section 504 please visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/504faq.html

Providing Accessibility

One avenue of making media content accessible is closed captioning. Closed captioning provides a critical link to news, entertainment, and information for individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. For individuals whose native language is not English, English language captions improve comprehension and fluency. Captions also help improve literacy skills. In 1995, Minnesota passed legislation mandating captioning of educational and training videos and materials. Several other states including Oklahoma, New York, and California have implemented similar laws. To learn more about closed captioning please visit:

To read more about a civil rights lawsuit where a major corporation’s web site was not accessible please visit: http://www.dralegal.org/cases/private_business/nfb_v_target.php