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The Department of Education’s rule

“Schools may require a level of skill or ability for participation in a competitive program or activity; equal opportunity does not mean, for example, that every student with a disability is guaranteed a spot on an athletic team for which other students must try out. A school district must, however, afford qualified students with disabilities an equal opportunity for participation in extracurricular athletics in an integrated manner to the maximum extent appropriate to the needs of the student.”


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Physical activity is 4.5 times lower for children and youth with disabilities than their peers without disabilities.

U.S. Department of Education, 2011

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