New Federal Guidelines Mandates School Sports Opportunities For Students With Disabilities

By Alexandra Hill, WBGO News
January 25, 2013

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Disabled New Jersey students may soon have their own school sports programs.

The new federal guidelines state that school districts will now have to offer modifications that will allow disabled students the opportunity to compete in all sports. In some cases that may require the creation of alternative programs.  Mary Ciccone is managing attorney with Disability Rights New Jersey.

“ A lot of school districts they may be the only kid with a disability in their school, you don’t usually have a ton of kids with wheelchairs in one particular school district, but maybe if they coordinate and collaborate with other districts they may be able to field a wheelchair basketball team.”

Ciccone says there is no one size fits all solution. She says it should be up to each school district to figure out how to best level the playing field.


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