How should school districts handle disabled athletes?
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|Tue, 01-15-2013 - 4:25pm|
School officials are struggling with how to include disabled athletes into their current programs. According to the article below, there are no federal or state guidelines to follow for school activities that occur outside the school day:
Federal laws have long provided guidance on what students with disabilities are legally entitled to during the school day. But what constitutes reasonable accommodation or equal opportunity under the law has become widely debated when it comes to after-school sports.
The number of cases involving disabled students in sports is not officially tracked by disability groups, but lawyers, advocates and officials say they are encountering more questions regarding inclusion. The increase in interest has prompted the federal Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights to prepare additional guidance.
Read the complete article at: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/16/sports/disabled-athletes-suit-up-raising-questions-of-logistics-and-fairness.html?hp&_r=0
There was even a disabled athlete at the Summer Olympics this past summer, world class runner Oscar Pistorius. How much effort should school districts be required to accomodate disabled athletes when they are already stretched to the limits financially?