Bloom's Connect


Discrimination is such a broad term.  It occurs to us.  There is not a time when I walk into a room without getting that momentary stare.

The issue is how I respond to it.  I can choose to let it bother me, or I can ignore it, or I can use it to teach about myself, others, diversity, etc.

Certain types of discrimination that occur are protected against in the United States.  Other laws apply in other parts of the world.

In school settings, a person cannot be discriminated against based on their disability regarding facility access (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act), program access (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Technology Act), or as an individual under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

In work settings all of the above apply as well.  There are additional Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws, rules, and regulations that come into play here.  These often have to do with Reasonable Accommodations made in the workplace to make a job easier for the already qualified worker with a disability to do his or her job.

If a business has a Federal contract, it falls under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Boeing is an example)

 If a business is a Federal building (post office), it falls under certain regulations.

 If a business  falls under state or local government  control, it has  certain  access requirements.

Public, non-governmental entities (stores, attractions) are governed by different statutes as long as they employ over a certain number of people.

In housing, additional laws protect against discrimination beyond just Section 504 and the ADA.  There are the Fair Housing Act standards that must be adhered to as well as local building codes.  You may also run into Universal Design or Easy Living regulations depending on where you live.