Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, prohibits federal agencies, and programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance, from discriminating against individuals with disabilities.1
The Rehabilitation Act is sometimes confused with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)2 which was passed in 1990. While there are many parallels between the Rehabilitation Act and the ADA, there are some fundamental differences. Both laws are designed to prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Both share many of the same definitions and provisions. However, the Rehabilitation Act covers federal agencies and entities receiving federal funding, while the ADA applies to state and local governments, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, telecommunications, and the U.S. Congress.3
The 5th edition of the Federal Communications Commission Section 504 Programs & Activities Accessibility Handbook (Section 504 Handbook) continues to be a collection of guidelines, information, and procedures intended to help Commission personnel in their efforts to ensure that the FCC’s programs and activities are accessible to individuals with disabilities.
It would be impossible to list all the aspects of the Commission’s work that may require reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities, but the following sections can provide general guidance and reminders to assist Commission staff in promoting awareness of the Commission’s commitment to accessibility and fostering an attitude of inclusion in all FCC activities.
Please see the PDF to download the guide.