In 1973, Congress passed the American Rehabilitation Act, the first civil rights act guaranteeing equal opportunity for people with disabilities. Fullerton College had always been active in dealing with the disabled, especially war veterans, but upped its efforts through the Office for the Disabled (OFD), located in the Student Affairs Center. In 1975, the campus received a State grant for $17,000 to remove architectural barriers, and a sum of $150,000 was allocated to install elevators. On behalf of the OFD, the Student Senate provided a small grant to disabled students in dire need of immediate aid. A large number of disabled students were on limited incomes and the Student Senate thought that if some of the financial pressure could be eased, students could better concentrate on their studies.