The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued for public comment a proposed rule updating its regulations implementing section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Section 504 prohibits discrimination based on disability in programs and activities that are conducted or funded by Federal agencies. Each Federal agency is responsible for ensuring that the programs and activities it funds are accessible as required by Section 504.
The proposed update incorporates amendments made to the Rehabilitation Act as well as several Supreme Court decisions interpreting section 504 requirements. In addition, revisions are proposed to promote consistency with DOJ's ADA regulations and to update accessibility standards for new and altered facilities by applying standards implemented under the ADA. The rule also includes various organizational and editorial changes to make the regulation clearer and easier to follow.
Further information, including instructions on submitting comments, is available on DOJ's website. Comments are due