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Disability Access in the Department of Homeland Security

DHS is committed to strengthening and supporting full inclusion and equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in its programs and activities, through enforcement and compliance with requirements of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, including Section 504 of the Act which states: 

"No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States...shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, 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 or under any program or activity conducted by any Executive agency..." 29 U.S.C. § 794

Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of The Rehabilitation Act: Providing Equal Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities in DHS Programs and Activities

September 26, 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the passage of the Rehabilitation Act. To commemorate the anniversary, DHS has developed a series of products that are underscore the Department's commitment to full inclusion and equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in DHS programs and activities.

Section 504 at Work in DHS

DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

  • About the Antidiscrimination Group
  • The DHS Disability Access Working Group was established to further the Department's commitment to the principles of the Rehabilitation Act, and full inclusion and equal access for individuals with disabilities in DHS programs and activities. Through this Working Group, Components work together to share strategies for effective communication, physical accessibility, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities; and then coordinate the use of these approaches across the Department.

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Transportation Security Administration

Additional Resources

Legal Authorities

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