Texas Rebuilds
The Texas General Land Office - George P. Bush, Commissioner


​Accessibility laws and regulations have been enacted to prevent discrimination and ensure accessibility to individuals with disabilities.   These laws ensure access to disaster recovery funding and that facilities constructed or rehabilitated with federal funds are built in accordance with accessibility standards. ​

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as Amended: This Act states that no otherwise qualified individual may be excluded, solely because of his/her handicap, from participation in, the benefits of, or subject to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Regulation citation: 24 CFR Part 8.

Architectural Barriers Act of 1968, as Amended (42 U.S.C. 4151-4157): This Act requires that certain federally funded buildings or facilities be designed, constructed or altered to ensure accessibility to, and use by, physically handicapped persons. Buildings or facilities allocated or reallocated CDBG-DR funds after December 11, 1995, that meet the definition of "residential structure" (as defined in 24 CFR 40.2) or the definition of "building" [as defined in 41 CFR 101-19.602(a)] are subject to the Architectural Barriers Act and must comply with the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards. Regulation citation: Appendix A to 24 CFR Part 40 for "residential structures" and Appendix A to 41 CFR Part 101-19 for "general buildings".

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): This Act provides comprehensive civil rights to individuals with disabilities in the areas of employment, public accommodations, state and local government services and telecommunications. The ADA also states that discrimination includes the failure to design and construct facilities (built for first occupancy after January 26, 1993) that are accessible to and Title II of the ADA, 28 CFR 35 102-104, extends the prohibitions of discrimination on the basis of disability established by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to include all activities of state and local governments whether or not they receive federal funds.