Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act provides for equal opportunity to enter facilities and participate in programs and activities. It does not require that every part of every facility or program be accessible. The important considerations are that people with disabilities have the same opportunities in employment, the same opportunities to enter and move around in facilities, the same opportunities to communicate, and the same opportunities to participate in programs and activities as their peers.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment (Title I), state and local government services (Title II), and places of public accommodation and commercial facilities (Title III). The ADA extends the requirements of 504 to all activities of state and local governments under Title II, and under Title III. Both Titles II and III were effective on January 26, 1992. The requirements of the ADA for places of public accommodation and state and local governments are based on, and are essentially the same as, the requirements of Section 504.
The University of Texas at Austin’s work on accessibility started before the passage of the ADA, when the University completed its first transition plan in response to the regulations implementing Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. In 1977, The University of Texas at Austin began surveying the campus to identify the breadth and scope of the work to bring the University into compliance with 504 standards.
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