This page provides information and resources on Mason's policies and public policies regarding disability and accessibility. You can also find information on local and national resources.

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Disability Law & University Policies      

University Policy Number 1201 - Non-Discrimination Policy

University Policy Number 1203 - Non-Discrimination and Reasonable Accommodations on the Basis of Disability

University Policy Number 1308 - University Information Technology Accessibility

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) at Mason

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make  available new opportunities for people with disabilities, and to encourage development of technologies that will help achieve these  goals.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
is a federal law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education (ED).

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Local Resources   

Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services (DRS) collaborates with the public and private sectors to provide and advocate for the highest quality services that empower individuals with disabilities to maximize their employment, independence and full inclusion into society.

Northern Virginia Resource Center: For Deaf & Hard of Hearing empowers individuals and their families through education, advocacy and community involvement.

Virginia Assistive Technology System (VATS) is here to ensure that Virginians of all ages and abilities can acquire the  appropriate, affordable assistive and information technologies and   services they need to participate in society as active citizens.

Dept. for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI) is committed to providing quality services to assist Virginia's  citizens who are blind, deafblind or vision impaired in achieving their maximum level of employment, education, and personal independence.

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National Resources

US Dept. of Education - Office of Civil Rights - The mission of the Office for Civil Rights is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational  excellence throughout the nation through vigorous enforcement of civil  rights. is a comprehensive online resource designed to provide people with disabilities with the information they need to know quickly and easily. With just a few clicks, the site provides access to disability-related information and programs available across the government on numerous subjects, including civil rights, community life, education, employment, housing, health, income support, technology and transportation.

National Federation of the Blind is the nation’s largest and most influential membership organization of blind persons. The web site offers links to scholarships available, literature and publications about blindness, aids and appliances, and the development and evaluation of technology.

DO-IT (University of Washington) - The Faculty Room is a collection of resources to help you create a classroom environment that maximizes the learning of all students, regardless of disability, can be found on your campus, on the World Wide Web, in publications, and through professional organizations.

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