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Virginians with Disabilities Act

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The Virginians with Disabilities Act at Section 5.14-42 of the Code of Virginia prohibits discrimination against qualified persons with disabilities by educational institutions. The law states that,

No public education institution or private educational institution which is a recipient of state funds, or agent of either, shall deny admission to the institution, or full and equal access to and enjoyment of any of its educational or extracurricular programs to an otherwise qualified person with a disability who meets the requirements for admission to the institution or the programs, because of such disability.

The key to coverage for this law is whether the college receives state funds. For more information on this Act, contact the Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy at 202 N. 9th Street, 9th Floor, Richmond, VA 23219, telephone: 804-225-2042, (Voice/TTY) 1- 800-552-3962, (Voice/TTY) (Toll-Free in Virginia), Fax: 804-225-3221, or email to, or available at

Excerpted from Virginia's College Guide for Students with Disabilities (2003 Edition).