Federal regulations require equitable access to all resources and materials for students who are otherwise qualified to enroll in the course. Furthermore, accessibility must be built into program and course design. Accessibility must result in an educational experience that is equal to that of students without disabilities.
Applicable legislation includes:
- Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973) is civil rights legislation ensuring that institutions receiving federal funds (e.g., financial aid for students, funding for research) provide equal access to all services and programs, with or without accommodations. The United States Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights (OCR), governs Section 504.
- Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998 requires that Federal agencies ensure the accessibility of their electronic and information technology, including web-based Intranet and Internet information and applications. Although Section 508 applies specifically to Federal agencies, it is considered a best practice to comply with Section 508, at minimum.
- The Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA/ADAAA (1990/2010), prohibits discrimination based on disability. This legislation reinforces Section 504, and adds guidance concerning policies, practices, standards, and effective communication that limit people with disabilities. As a place of public accommodation, LCSC is subject to Title III of the ADA. The United States Department of Justice governs ADA compliance.