Below you will find the relevant federal and state disability laws, guidelines, university policies guiding Mason’s mission to ensure equivalent access to it’s programs and services:
Relevant Disability Laws & Guidelines
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) opens a new window – Modeled after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin – and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 — the ADA is an “equal opportunity” law for people with disabilities.
- Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act opens a new window – 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). For additional information, visit Section 504 – Frequently Asked Questions opens a new window.
- Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act opens a new window – 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.
- Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) opens a new window – WCAG covers a wide range of recommendations for making Web content more accessible. Following these guidelines will make web content more accessible to a wider range of people with disabilities, including accommodations for blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, limited movement, speech disabilities, photosensitivity, and combinations of these, and some accommodation for learning disabilities and cognitive limitations. As of January 2018, WCAG 2.0 Level A and AA have been merged into the Section 508 Standards.
- University Policy Number 1201 opens a new window – Non-Discrimination Policy
- University Policy Number 1203 opens a new window – Non-Discrimination and Reasonable Accommodations on the Basis of Disability
- University Policy Number 1307 opens a new window – Procurement and/or Development of Administrative Applications/Systems
- University Policy Number 1308 opens a new window – University Information and Communications Technology Accessibility