Disability rights is only going to keep growing ….and glad to hear this. With an ageing population and greater quality of life for those with congenital disabilities coupled with the fact we are all going to experience at least one disabling illness or injury in our lifetimes, now is the time to embrace ADA and AODA!
Student athletes everywhere can chalk up another point in the win column as the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has successfully issued a guidance measure that addresses the rights of children with disabilities to participate in school athletics and other extracurricular activities. In anaddendum to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the proposed guidance adds clarity to the responsibilities of federally-funded schools for the provision of opportunities in physical activities and sports participation for students with disabilities.
The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) also aided in the initiative by providing a report stressing the important health and social benefits of access to and participation in school sports for all students, especially those with disabilities. The measure calls for schools to accommodate students with disabilities who choose to join traditional sports teams by making “reasonable modifications.” The National Center for Health, Physical Activity…
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