Friday, January 25, 2013
Schools to Provide Sports for Disabled Youth
This is a huge step forward for children living with disabilities, including amputees. The guidance does not guarantee a spot on a competitive team, but it does require that students with disabilities not be excluded from participation because of their disability.
As long as reasonable accommodations can be made for students with disabilities to participate, then those accommodations must be made. In an instance where the accommodations would "fundamentally alter" the game, or create an unfair advantage, federal officials said that schools will be obligated to create separate but equally supported opportunities for kids with disabilities to participate (ex: wheelchair basketball, sled hockey, etc).
To read the full guidance released today by the Department of Education, you can click here: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-201301-504.pdf
To read more coverage of the new guidance, check out these articles:
US Department of Education