Disabled Students Must be Given Sports, Says Education Dept.
[Source: NBC News]
By Tracy Connor
The feds are ordering schools across the country to make “reasonable” changes to sports programs so that disabled students can play — or else create separate teams for them.
The new guidance from the Education Department issued Friday was hailed by advocates for the disabled but denounced by a conservative think-tank that said it could cost big bucks for cash-strapped schools.
“We think it’s huge and historic. In my opinion it could have the same effect, if properly implemented, as Title IX did for women,” said Kirk Bauer, executive director of Disabled Sports USA.
Title IX required schools to offer girls and boys the same athletic opportunities and resulted in a huge uptick in female participation in school sports after it took effect 40 years ago.
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