ERIC Number: EJ966679
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Reference Count: 16
Interscholastic Sports, Extracurricular Activities, and the Law: Accommodating Students with Disabilities
Osborne, Allan G., Jr.; Russo, Charles J.
School Business Affairs, v77 n5 p30-32 May 2011
In most school systems in the United States, interscholastic sporting events and other extracurricular activities help bring people together while enhancing opportunities for students to become integral parts of their communities. Because of the important role that extracurricular activities, especially sports, play in the lives of students, schools, and communities, litigation has addressed the extent to which a particular portion of the student population, children with disabilities, are entitled to accommodations affording them opportunities to participate in these school-sponsored events. Virtually identical language in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires school officials in programs receiving federal financial assistance to make individualized determinations in granting reasonable accommodations for students who are otherwise qualified to participate in extracurricular activities. Since courts generally have not required educators to include extracurricular activities in the individualized education programs of students who are covered by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (2005), this article focuses on the two laws that have generated most of the controversies: (1) Section 504; and (2) the ADA.
Descriptors: Extracurricular Activities, Extramural Athletics, Individualized Education Programs, Individualized Programs, Disabilities, Court Litigation, Educational Opportunities, Individualized Instruction, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Educational Legislation, School Law, Accessibility (for Disabled), Related Services (Special Education)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Rehabilitation Act 1973