The primary legislation concerning persons with disabilities is Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and it has parallels with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 was created to specifically prohibit discrimination against persons with disabilities. It requires contractors or subcontractors who have more than $10,000 in federal contracts to employ and advance qualified persons with disabilities.

It is mandated by The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), and the Americans with Disabilities Act is mandated by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Current Requirements

As it stands today, contractors and subcontractors are required to:

  1. Make outreach efforts to find and hire persons wit