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What Disabilities are Protected Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973?

University of Memphis Law Review, Vol. 16, p. 229, 1986

Labor Law Journal, Vol. 37, p. 752, 1986

26 Pages Posted: 17 Feb 2012  

David Allen Larson

Mitchell | Hamline School of Law

Date Written: October 1, 2011

Abstract

It can be difficult for an employer or a recipient of federal funds to determine exactly what types of disabilities are protected by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Relevant literature has not given a great deal of attention to this specific question. Recent cases, however, provide additional information that can assist in determining which disabilities are protected. The question of what is protected handicap differs from the question of whether a handicapped person is also “qualified.” This article focuses on the threshold question of determining whether a handicap actually exists, concentrating on the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The definition of protected handicaps found in the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and in the corresponding regulations are also examined. Additionally, this article discusses court decisions addressing different types of disabilities in order to provide a clearer sense of what is being recognized as a protected handicap.

Keywords: Disabilities, Rehabilitation Act of 1973, handicap

Suggested Citation

Larson, David Allen, What Disabilities are Protected Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973? (October 1, 2011). University of Memphis Law Review, Vol. 16, p. 229, 1986. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1936892

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