Section 504 Research Paper

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ection 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 After being vetoed twice by President Nixon, Congress passed Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as the first disability civil rights law in the United States. Until this point, it was not considered discrimination for people with disabilities to be excluded or segregated. This Act also recognized for the first time that people with disabilities were a minority class with civil rights ( Section 504 protected people with disabilities from exclusion and unequal treatment in schools, jobs, and the community by prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability in public or private programs and activities that receive federal aid. It read,

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