ERIC Number: ED349777
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Physical Education and Sports: The Unfulfilled Promise for Students with Disabilities.
Liaison Bulletin, v17 n6 Aug 1991
This bulletin highlights the proceedings of an Action Seminar on Physical Education and Sports for Students with Disabilities, sponsored by the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE). The seminar explored barriers that hinder children with disabilities from participating in appropriate school physical education programs and recommended strategies to seek solutions to the situation. The goal, belief statements, and long-term objectives of the seminar are outlined. Barriers that were identified included such factors as failure to accept the philosophy of full integration and failure of Individualized Education Programs to reflect the need for physical education services. Early intervention is viewed as the key to maximum benefits of physical education. General guidelines are offered for qualification of personnel who can provide physical education services to students with disabilities, and the issue of certification is discussed. Several model programs are described. Strategies for action are then presented, grouped according to organizational responsibility, including NASDSE, the National Consortium on Physical Education and Recreation for the Handicapped, Special Olympics International, the Office of Special Education Programs of the U.S. Department of Education, institutions of higher education, state and local education agencies, and parent advocacy groups. Sections of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act that relate to physical education and athletics are printed, with comments. (JDD)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adapted Physical Education, Athletics, Change Strategies, Disabilities, Early Intervention, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Mainstreaming, Models, Physical Activities, Physical Education, Preschool Education, Teacher Certification, Teacher Qualifications
National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Inc. (NASDSE), 1800 Diagonal Rd., Suite 320, Alexandria, VA 22314 ($50/year subscription).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.