ERIC Number: EJ866329
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
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Supporting Extracurricular Involvement for Youth with Disabilities
Carter, Erik W.; Swedeen, Beth; Moss, Colleen K.
Exceptional Parent, v39 n9 p32-33 Sep 2009
Trying out for the school play. Performing in the band. Joining a sports team or club. These experiences are memorable parts of middle and high school life. For many students with disabilities, however, these everyday school experiences remain elusive. Although the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) clearly states that IEP teams should consider the services and supports students with disabilities need to "participate in extracurricular and other non-academic activities," this aspect of the school day often goes overlooked. However, participating in extracurricular activities can be a valuable way for students to develop peer relationships, gain leadership and communication skills, explore new interests, and experience a sense of belonging. Many youth with disabilities are unlikely to either participate in or fully benefit from extracurricular activities without intentional planning and supports. School staff and families can be key facilitators in both connecting youth with disabilities to activities and ensuring they have the supports needed to participate and contribute in meaningful ways. In this article, the authors offer 20 strategies for increasing participation in a variety of organized extracurricular activities.
Descriptors: Extracurricular Activities, Disabilities, Communication Skills, Student Participation, Individualized Education Programs, Educational Strategies
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