Rehabilitation Act of 1973

What is the Rehabilitation Act?

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 was the first major legislative effort to secure an equal playing field for individuals with disabilities. This legislation provides a wide range of services for persons with physical and cognitive disabilities. Those disabilities can create significant barriers to full and continued employment, the pursuit of independent living, self-determination, and inclusion in American society. The Rehabilitation Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in federal employment, the employment practices of any federal contractor, programs conducted by federal agencies and in any program receiving federal financial assistance.

The Rehabilitation Act has been amended since its inception to keep up with advancing technology and market trends. The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) administers the Act. Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended, have a specific impact on accessible documents and web design.

Rehabilitation Act Document Downloads

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Full Document: PDF | MS Word

Title I: PDF | MS Word

Title II: PDF | MS Word

Title III: PDF | MS Word

Title IV: PDF | MS Word

Title V: PDF | MS Word

Title VI: PDF | MS Word

Title VII: PDF | MS Word