I Have a Disability. What Are My Rights under Section 504?
you have a disability, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act protects
you from discrimination in HUD-funded programs for which you qualify.
This law is commonly called "Section 504." If you qualify
for a program, no one can deny you the right to participate or benefit
from it on the basis of your disability. Section 504 also protects
you from being placed in a separate program for disabled persons
simply because you have a disability.
Section 504 regulations define an individual with a disability as
any person who has a physical or mental disability that substantially
limits one or more major life activities; has a record of such an
impairment; or is regarded as having such an impairment (24 CFR
8.3). Major life activities include walking, talking, hearing, seeing,
breathing, learning, performing manual tasks, and caring for oneself.
The law also applies to individuals who have a history of such impairments
as well as those who are perceived as having such an impairment.
person who meets the above definition, and who is otherwise qualified
for program, service or activity, is covered under Section 504.
To be otherwise qualified means the individual meets the essential
eligibility requirements, including, for example, requirements for
tenancy if the program is a housing program.