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Student with Disabilities in Athletics


Published March 2013

The United States Department of Education recently released a guidance document on participation in extracurricular athletics by students with disabilities. This document reminds us that students with disabilities are entitled to an “equal opportunity” to participate in extracurricular athletics. The documents remind schools and athletic associations that it is impermissible to categorically exclude children with disabilities from activities based on status or prejudice, that schools and athletic associations must consider modifications that do not fundamentally change the sport or result in an unfair competitive advantage, and that schools and athletic associations may wish to consider alternative activities for children with disabilities who are unable to participate in general athletic activities. The letter is available at the following link: