NIAGARA COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Compliance

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) / Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

“It is the purpose of The ADA . . . to provide a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities [and] to provide clear, strong, consistent, enforceable standards addressing discrimination against individuals with disabilities . . . .”  42 U.S.C. § 12101(b).

The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, state and local government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications. To be protected by the ADA, one must have a disability or have a relationship with an individual with a disability. An individual with a disability is defined by the ADA as someone who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment.

The ADA prohibits retaliation for raising a complaint under these acts or for advocating for a right this act protects.  

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

“No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States . . . 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).

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in programs receiving federal financial assistance and in the employment practices of federal contractors.  Each federal agency has its own set of § 504 regulations but all include reasonable accommodation for employees with disabilities, program accessibility, effective communication for individuals who have hearing or vision disabilities, and accessible new construction. Section 504 prohibits retaliation for raising a complaint under these acts or for advocating for a right this act protects. 

Complaints that a program, service, or activity of NCCC is not accessible to persons with disabilities, or complaints regarding discrimination, should be directed to the ADA/Section 504 Coordinator. Employees and students can obtain information about the College’s internal complaint procedure from the ADA/Section 504 Coordinator. Students can also obtain the College’s internal complaint procedure for students from Accessibility Services by visiting room A131 or by calling 716-614-5951.

NCCC's ADA and Section 504 Coordinator is
Catherine Brown
Director of Human Resources
Room A264
Phone: 716-614-5951
Email: cbrown@niagaracc.suny.edu

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights is the entity that is charged with enforcing ADA and §504 compliance. Inquiries about these issues may also be referred to:
U. S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
New York Office
32 Old Slip, 26th Floor
New York, NY 10005-2500
Phone: 646-428-3800
Fax: 646-428-3843
Email: OCR.NewYork@ed.gov
Visit: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html.

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