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Disability Rights

Disability Services
Rights

DSPS Student Responsibilities, Rights and Reasonable Accommodations
Law

Historically, students with disabilities in higher education received the support of section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This legislation helped to establish services and programs for students with disabilities throughout the 1970's and 1980's. Section 504, which is still in effect, primarily placed the responsibility of access to higher education on public institutions, which received federal funds.

In July of 1990, the disability movement in the United States picked up momentum with the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA was a sweeping civil rights legislation, which provided the legal mandate for colleges, and universities to provide access for students with disabilities.

The ADA covers all aspects of disability in society including employment, education, telecommunications, private sector services, public sector services, transportation and more.

Students Rights and Responsibilities:

San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) is committed to providing students with disabilities academic accommodations to access the same educational opportunities available to all students.

TITLE VI CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964:

Prohibits discrimination based on race, color, or national origin in all employment situations involving programs or activities aided by federal financing.

TITLE VII CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964:

Prohibits job discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin in all employment practices: hiring, firing, promotions, compensation, and in all other terms, conditions and benefits of employment, including vacations, pensions, and seniority.

SECTION 504 REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973:

" 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... ".
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) OF 1990:
Extends universal civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities, covering public and private sector employment, public accommodations, transportation, and telephone communications.



Resources

WorkAbility III

WorkAbility III is an interagency program established to provide services to clients of the California Department of Rehabilitation who are attending classes within specific California Community Colleges that offer WorkAbility III services. To access WorkAbility III’s services in San Diego, an individual must be a client of the Department of Rehabilitation and a student attending classes within the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD).

Disability Benefits 101

This web site "provides essential, accessible benefit information is significant to helping Californians understand their options for employment and making the critical decisions that will allow them to live as independently as possible,” says Catherine Campisi, Director of the California Department of Rehabilitation, one of the partners and grantors in the DB101 project. “Information is power and employment is independence for people with disabilities.”

Learning Ally

Learning Ally's library contains more than 93,000 titles in a broad variety of subjects, from literature and history to math and the sciences, at all academic levels, from kindergarten through post-graduate and professional. Anyone with a documented disability-including a visual impairment, learning disability or other physical disability which makes reading standard print difficult or impossible-is eligible to use Learning Ally's audio textbooks.  For more information, you can contact the DSPS High Tech Center at 619-388-2893.

508 Awareness

Section 508 requires that Federal agencies' electronic and information technology is accessible to people with disabilities. Using this web site, Federal employees and the public can learn more about the history, requirements, and goals of section 508.

Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities

US Department of Education Web page
Office of Civil Rights
Washington, D.C. 20202