What is Section 504?
Civil Rights legislation for persons with disabilities
Legislative intent is to prevent discrimination based on disability
Who is handicapped under 504?
“Handicapped person.” (1) “Handicapped persons” means any person who (i) has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities, (ii) has a record of such an impairment, or (iii) is regarded as having such an impairment.
What is substantial limitation?
1) Unable to perform a major life activity that the average person in the general population can perform, or 2) Significantly restricted as to the condition, manner or duration under which an individual can perform a particular major life activity as compared to the condition, manner or duration under which the average person in the general population can perform the same major life activity.
What are major life activities?
“Major life activities” means functions such as caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working.