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504 and ADA

The Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act and Section 504 are Federal Laws designed to protect and assist those with disabilities. Each is explained below along with contact information should you need more information.

What is Section 504?

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education (ED). Section 504 provides: "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 . . . ."

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What is The Americans with Disabilities Act?

The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, State and local government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications. It also applies to the United States Congress.

To be protected by the ADA, one must have a disability or have a relationship or association with an individual with a disability. An individual with a disability is defined by the ADA as a person 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 does not specifically name all of the impairments that are covered.

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Request an ADA-based Accommodation

Staff and Faculty

Staff and Faculty (and applicants to staff and faculty postings) may make a confidential request for reasonable accommodation for disabilities.

Contact us (the phone line and the email address are used exclusively for ADA requests):  


Student accommodation requests should be made to the Miller Center for Student Disability Services:

Additional Resources

There are additional Miami resources to provide additional assistance and information.

Contact OEEO

Ms. Kenya D. Ash, Associate Vice President Equity and Equal Opportunity, is Miami University's Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator.

You can contact Ms. Ash by calling (513) 529-7157, emailing or contacting her at the address, below.

Office of Equity and Equal Opportunity
Hanna House
219 E. Spring Street
Oxford, Ohio 45056

Office Hours - M-F 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Summer Office Hours - M-F 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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Office Location:

Hanna House
219 E. Spring St.
Oxford, OH 45056

Office Hours:

Fall, Winter, Spring: M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Summer: M-F 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.