ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act govern accessibility in higher education. These laws prohibit discrimination based on a person's disability or association with a disability. Students who receive services under IDEA or Section 504 if the Rehabilitation Act in high school have individualized plans outlining the services and accommodations to which they are entitled. In higher education, Section 504 and the American Disabilities Act (ADA) do not require institutions to develop specialized plans for each student or to seek out students to determine if they are eligible for services. Therefore, it is important for students to disclose their disabilities in a timely fashion to the appropriate office (the Office of Accessibility Services). One of the roles of the Office of Accessibility Services is to help students develop self-advocacy skills - to learn how to have conversations about their disabilities or their accommodations, when it may be appropriate to have those conversations, and with whom.
ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination based on disability in programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance. Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (the ADA) prohibits discrimination based on disability in public accommodations, including private institutions of higher education.