Dear Colleague Letter regarding the participation of students with disabilities in extracurricular athletics.

Jan. 25, 2013 –  the U.S. Department of Education issued a Dear Colleague Letter regarding the participation of students with disabilities in extracurricular athletics.
The Dear Colleague letter provides an overview of the obligations of public elementary and secondary schools under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504), and the Department’s Section 504 regulations;

 

  • cautions schools against making decisions based on presumptions and stereotypes;
  • details the specific Section 504 regulations that require students with disabilities to have an equal opportunity for participation in nonacademic and extracurricular services and activities; and
  • discusses the provision of separate or different athletic opportunities.

 

For a copy of the DCL, please visit:

http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-201301-504.html

 

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