Thomas J. McAvoy, Chief U.S.D.J.
DECISION and ORDER
NOW, upon reading the notice of motion, and the memorandum of law in support of and in opposition to defendants' motion to dismiss pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 12, and upon hearing oral arguments on May 9, 1994, and after due deliberation having been had thereon, it is hereby
ORDERED, that defendant's motion be granted and plaintiffs' claims arising out of § 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and 42 U.S.C. § 1983 be dismissed.
It is here noted that during oral argument, counsel for plaintiffs argued that the Code of Federal Regulations for § 504 of the Rehabilitation Act required the court to take into account "reasonable accommodation" when determining whether plaintiffs have sufficiently alleged the second element of their prima facie case under the said Act. As stated in this court's bench decision on May 9, 1994, the second element of plaintiffs' prima facie case requires a showing that plaintiffs' be "otherwise qualified" to receive the benefits in question. It is clear from case law and the language of the Code of Federal Regulations itself that the requirement of "reasonable accommodation" only applies to employment cases. See Gilbert v. Frank, 949 F.2d 637, 641 (2d Cir. 1991); 45 C.F.R. § 84.3(k).
It does not apply to cases such as the one at hand. Thus, plaintiffs' contention is groundless.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
DATED: May 11, 1994
Binghamton, New York
Thomas J. McAvoy
Chief U.S. District Judge