Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended
(“Rehabilitation Act”)

24 CFR Part 8
(29 U.S.C. § 794 for Section 504)

What is Section 504?
Section 504 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. Section 504 is an anti-discrimination, civil rights statute that requires the needs of employees or clients with disabilities to be met as adequately as the needs of the non-disabled are met. [1]

Section 504 states that: “No otherwise qualified individual with a disability, shall, solely by reason of his or her 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…” [29 U.S.C. §794(a), 34 C.F.R. §104.4(a)]. [1]

How is disability defined?
An individual with a disability is any person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. The term physical or mental impairment may include, but is not limited to, conditions such as visual or hearing impairment, mobility impairment, HIV infection, mental retardation, drug addiction (except current illegal use of or addiction to drugs), or mental illness. The term major life activity may include seeing, hearing, walking, breathing, performing manual tasks, caring for one’s self, learning, speaking, or working. Section 504 also protects persons who have a record of such impairment, or are regarded as having such an impairment. [1]

What discriminatory practices does Section 504 prohibit?
Section 504 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in any program, service, or activity that receives federal financial assistance. This means, for example, that persons with disabilities may not be denied the opportunity to participate in a program, service, or activity; may not be required to accept a different kind or lesser program or service than what is provided to others, and may not be required to participate in separate programs and services, even if separate programs and services exist. [1]

Designation of Responsible Employee:

Section 504 Coordinator
Sara Cottrell
1490 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Phone: (888) 324-7468, ext. 8011
Email: scottrell@housing.org

Notice of Nondiscrimination
In accordance with the provisions of the Title I and II of the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Fair Employment and Housing Act, Unruh Civil Rights Acts, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended, Project Sentinel has adopted by resolution a policy regarding “Nondiscrimination.”

Project Sentinel does not discriminate on the basis of disability, along with all local, state and federal protected categories including race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, citizenship status, genetic information, equal pay, ancestral origin, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, source of income, status as a victim of domestic violence, AIDS/HIV, medical condition(s), political affiliations or activities, or military or veteran status, in the admission to, access to, or operations of programs, activities, events or services.

Qualified individuals who need accessible communication aids and service or other accommodations to participate in programs and activities are invited to make your needs and preferences know to the Section 504 coordinator. Please give us at least three (3) to five (5) days advance notice so we can adequately meet your needs.

Any person who believes she or he has been subjected to discrimination on the basis of the protected categories named above may file a grievance under this procedure. It is against the law for Project Sentinel to retaliate against anyone who files a grievance or cooperates in the investigation of a grievance. Questions, concerns, or requests for additional information regarding Section 504 should be forwarded to Section 504 Coordinator listed above.

Grievance Procedure:
If you suspect you are a victim of discrimination, please contact the Section 504 Coordinator listed above.

References

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