U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will help celebrate the 40th anniversary of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 on Thursday, Sept. 26 at the Department’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. The event will highlight the importance of Section 504 by engaging students with disabilities to hear about the impact the law has had on their lives. Secretary Duncan will give remarks and participate in panel discussions about the advances made since the law's passage and its benefits to today's students.
The “Forty Years of Learning Under Section 504” celebration will emphasize the importance of accommodations, specifically in education, and highlight today’s leaders in the youth disability communities and individuals who worked to help pass the law as youth in the 1970s. Throughout the event, the U.S. Education Department will highlight its work in supporting the implementation of Section 504 over the years.
Claudia Gordon, associate director of public engagement and disability liaison for the White House, will make closing remarks.