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Exploring the ADA

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Valerie Wheeler

on 27 July 2016

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Transcript of Exploring the ADA

Exploring the ADA
What is the ADA?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law designed to ensure that Americans who experience disabilities are afforded equal opportunities in all areas of public life, like jobs, education, or transportation.
What is Title II of the ADA?
Title II is a specific section of the ADA that prohibits discrimination based on disability in state/local governments. Schools are considered part of state/local government entities.
What is "Section 504"?
"Section 504" is a part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, another law that protects Americans with disabilities. Section 504 prohibits any entity that receives federal funds from discriminating based on disability. Schools almost always receive federal funds.
"Maximum Feasible Integration"
Who does the ADA protect?
The ADA protects individuals who have a physical or mental impairment that limits a major life activity, individuals who have a history of such an impairment, or who are perceived to have such an impairment.
For example, the ADA protects Americans who experience things like...
Visual impairment
Hearing impairment
Mental retardation
Specific learning disability

Section 504 requires that disabled children be educated with non-disabled children to the maximum extent possible. The ADA also requires the most integrated setting appropriate to the needs of the disabled student.
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