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ERIC Number: ED524248
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Creating Equal Opportunities for Children and Youth with Disabilities to Participate in Physical Education and Extracurricular Athletics
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, US Department of Education
A report by the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO-10-519) revealed that, despite legislation obligating states and schools to provide equal access, opportunities for physical activity are limited for children and youth with disabilities (GAO, 2010). This document is the initial response to the GAO recommendation that "the Secretary of Education facilitate information sharing among states and schools on ways to provide opportunities in [physical education] PE and extracurricular athletics to students with disabilities" (p. 32). The purposes of this document are to disseminate information on improving opportunities for children and youth to access PE and athletics and to refer the reader to sources of additional information regarding the inclusion of children and youth with disabilities in PE and athletic extracurricular activities. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the U.S. Department of Education (Department) is providing separate and additional guidance on the legal aspects of the provision of extracurricular athletic opportunities to students with disabilities to comply with the second recommendation by the GAO to the Department in its report. This document includes an overview of the problem, suggestions to increase opportunities for children and youth to access PE and athletics, and three appendices. Appended are: (1) References; (2) An Example from State Legislation and Policy: Maryland; and (3) Resources. (Contains 14 resources and 12 footnotes.)
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, US Department of Education. Available from: ED Pubs. P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Tel: 202-245-7468; Web site: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/index.html
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED)
Identifiers - Location: Maryland