Federal Guidance on Schools' Obligation to Provide Students with Disabilities Opportunity to Participate in Athletics

Policy and Procedures Details

Author: U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
Published: January 2013
Focus Areas: Special Education

This January 25, 2013, guidance from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights clarifies schools' obligations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act to provide students with disabilities equal opportunity to participate in extracurricular athletic activities.

The guidance provides examples of modifications that schools may be required to make to existing policies, practices, or procedures for students with intellectual, developmental, physical, or any other type of disability.