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The A.R.C. provides academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, services, and instruction to qualified students with disabilities in alignment with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Education Code Section 84850, and Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations (5 CCR) Sections 56000-56076.


Disability Rights Protections & Laws

 

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990 extends universal civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities covering public and private sector employment, public accommodations, transportation, and telephone communication.

 

SECTION 504, REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973 states, “no otherwise qualified handicapped individual in the United States shall, solely by reason of his/her handicap, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance….”

 

SECTION 508, WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT OF 1998 (REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973 AMENDMENT) requires federal agencies that develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic technology to provide to federal employees with disabilities comparable access to that technology and information that federal employees without disabilities are afforded.

 

SENATE BILL 105 mandates that accessibility standards outlined in SECTION 508, WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT OF 1998 must be implemented in the state of California.

 

CALIFORNIA COLLEGE CHANCELLOR’S OFFICE LEGAL OPINION M 03-09 states that SECTION 508, WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT OF 1998 applies to California Community Colleges. This means that information technology developed, purchased, or licensed by California Community Colleges must comply with SECTION 508 standards.

 

ASSEMBLY BILL 422 OF 1999 requires publishers to provide electronic forms of college instructional materials in a timely manner and at no additional cost for students with print related disabilities (e.g. blind, low-vision, learning disabled).