|Section 504 Rehab Act Complaint Procedure
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|"If something is being funded by the Federal government,
shouldn't it be accessible to everyone?"|
It is the stated intent of the Federal government that all of its programs and activities should be available to all citizens. Discrimination on the basis of disability is not allowed. Activities and programs provided by a Federal executive agency or anyone receiving Federal financial assistance are governed by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
Note: There is some overlap in the applicability of Sections 501,
504, and 508 of the Rehab Act. In certain cases, you should follow multiple complaint procedures to take
advantage of all legal remedies available to you.
For instance, if you are a Federal employee with a disability who has encountered inaccessible technology on the job, you should consider filing (1) a Section 501 complaint, (2) a Section 504 complaint and (3) a Section 508 complaint (if the inaccessible technology was purchased after June 21, 2001). If you are not a Federal employee but Section 504 seems to apply to your situation, you also should consider filing a Section 508 complaint if the inaccessible technology was purchased after June 21, 2001.
The main difference between Section 504 and Title II of the ADA is that one applies to the recipients of grants from the Federal government (Section 504) and the other applies only to state and local public entities (Title II). As an example, a school or college may be both a recipient of Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Education and also a public entity. In such cases, the institution is covered by both laws, and you should consider pursuing both complaint procedures.
|Build and document your case|
|Contact the Federal agency providing the funds for the program or activity and find out how to register a complaint|
|Follow the agency's specific procedures||Each Federal agency is responsible for enforcing its own regulations. Often agencies have internal
offices that are specifically dedicated to resolving complaints based on discrimination, including
discrimination on the basis of disability.|
You also may contact the U.S. Department of Justice for more information on how to file 504 complaints: