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Rachel M. Joseph (Interim ADA/504 Program Coordinator)

1133 North Capital Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20002-7599
Phone: (202)535-2737
TTY: (202)855-1234
Email: ada504@dchousing.org

The District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) is committed to operating all of its housing programs in a fair and impartial way. In addition to requiring fairness and impartiality without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, personal appearance, familial status, marital status, political affiliation, source of income, matriculation, and place of residence or business, DCHA is committed to providing programs in a way that does not discriminate against individuals with disabilities.

DCHA is subject to several laws governing rights of the disabled, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act mandates that federal fund recipients such as DCHA, ensure that their programs are accessible to qualified individuals with disabilities. Section 504 also requires DCHA to ensure that individuals with physical and mental disabilities have the opportunity to participate equally in programs and activities. It aims to eliminate discrimination against people with disabilities by ensuring certain accessibility standards are met when building or altering facilities, as well as protection in programs and activities.

The Office of the ADA/504 program provides civil rights protection in several areas to people with disabilities. It similarly provides for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities. The ADA extends section 504’s mandate of nondiscrimination based on disability to state and local government agencies not covered by section 504. ADA seeks to dispel stereotypes and assumptions about disabilities and ensure equal opportunity and encourage full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for disabled people.

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