Feds tell schools to provide opportunity for disabled athletes

Feds tell schools to provide opportunity for disabled athletes
January 25, 2013, 10:00 am
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Disabled athletes appear to have found their own version of Title IX, the landmark legislation that afforded equal opportunity for girls and women to participate in interscholastic and collegiate athletics.

The Obama administration is telling school districts that equal access must be provided to extracurricular sports and reasonable modifications must be made for students with disabilities to compete alongside other students. I'm not sure what the long-term implications of this will be but at some point, the wackiness will certainly take this beyond such things as merely providing a flashing light, rather than a starter's pistol, so that a deaf student can enter a race.

Will someone with a wheelchair want to compete on a basketball team? I doubt it, but it wouldn't surprise me if people expected now that schools offer wheelchair basketball among their interscholastic-sports options.

The one thing I'm positive about: The federal government will mandate these things but offer no possible avenues for funding them.