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ERIC Number: ED503545
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Afterschool and Students with Special Needs. Afterschool Alert Issue Brief No. 34
Afterschool Alliance
Children with activity limitations are often referred to as having special needs, or being disabled or differently-abled. This simply means that they are unable to participate fully in age-appropriate activities because of chronic physical, mental, emotional or behavioral conditions. This brief examines the role of afterschool programs in reaching out to and providing enrichment opportunities for special needs students. It includes examples from programs and promising practices for others interested in learning more, implementing, or incorporating successful strategies into their own special needs programs. Specifically, the brief explains how: (1) inclusion of students with special needs in the classroom is beneficial to all students; (2) afterschool programs use a range of ways to include students with special needs; (3) afterschool programs positively impact students with special needs in key areas; (4) afterschool improves academic, cognitive and social skills; (5) afterschool provides access to physical activity and play; and (6) afterschool supports families. (Contains 21 endnotes.)
Afterschool Alliance. 1616 H Street NW Suite 820, Washington, DC 20006. Tel: 202-347-1002; Fax: 202-347-2092; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Afterschool Alliance
Identifiers - Location: California; Florida; New York