ERIC Number: ED377655
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
The Undiscovered Athlete: A Perspective on Collegiate Sports for Persons with Disabilities.
Hedrick, Brad N.; Hedrick, Sharon
This paper addresses the need for athletic programming adapted for students with disabilities at the college level, impediments to the development of such programs, and the actions required to stimulate program development. The paper examines the impact of athletics on overall life quality, the need for generalist coaches to provide these services in mainstream settings with support from specialists, and the lack of research or instructional media concerned with adapted sports. Three major impediments to program development are identified: (1) the absence of opportunities for persons with disabilities to acquire the knowledge, skills, and interest necessary to promote the adoption of such programs; (2) the segregated organizational structure of adapted sports; and (3) economic constraints. Recommendations include encouraging committed faculty to advocate for adapted sports, hiring specialist staff if possible, beginning with individual sports, and providing athletic scholarships. The conclusion notes that denial of access to "nonacademic" services afforded to able-bodied students on the basis of a disability is illegal. (Contains 46 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the Association of Higher Education and Disability (Baltimore, MD, July 21-24, 1993).