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Disability Access at 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

DHS Regulation, Policy, and Guidance

Consistent with the principles of Section 504, the Department has issued the following policy and guidance to strengthen access and nondiscrimination for individuals with disabilities in programs and activities conducted by DHS:

Component Disability Access Plans

Under DHS Directive 065-01 and in coordination with the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, each DHS Component and office that interacts with the public developed its own individual Disability Access Plan for strengthening compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Components developed these plans to address potential barriers and gaps in disability access identified in their self-evaluations. Additional Component Plans will be posted here once they have been prepared in an accessible PDF format.

Component Resources

DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

  • CRCL's Antidiscrimination Group engages in policy work to ensure fair and equitable treatment of individuals and guard against discrimination based on race, color, national origin (including limited English proficiency), disability, sex, and age in DHS programs and activities in accordance with federal civil rights laws and regulations. The Antidiscrimination Group provides technical assistance to DHS Components, coordinates with federal partners on implementing laws, and engages with community stakeholders.
  • 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, program accessibility, physical accessibility, and reasonable accommodations and modifications for individuals with disabilities; and then coordinate the use of these approaches across the Department.

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Transportation Security Administration

Other Federal Resources

Contact Us

Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
2707 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., SE
Mail Stop #0190
Washington, DC 20528-0190

Phone: 202-401-1474 | 1-866-644-8360 (toll free)
TTY: 202-401-0470 | 1-866-644-8361 (toll free)
Fax: 202-401-4708

Last Published Date: October 25, 2021

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