Rehabilitation Act of 1973

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 protects employees with “handicaps” from discriminatory practices by their employers. Persons are defined as handicapped by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 if they have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one major activity or has a record of such impairment or is regarded as having such an impairment. The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 also provides money to states for employment training and counseling for persons with handicaps. Several provisions of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 specify groups protected and rights granted. Section 504 prohibits organizations that receive federal assistance from discriminating against qualified persons with handicaps. The 1992 amendments brought the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The act required states to provide access devices for persons with handicaps. The amendments in 1998 require access to electronic and information technology provided by the Federal government unless doing so causes an “undue burden.” Provisions of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 are enforced by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR).


Inside Rehabilitation Act of 1973