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On WFAN Sports Radio, Prof. Abrams Supports Education Department’s Directive About Student-Athletes With Disabilities

February 11th, 2013

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The U.S. Department of Education has instructed the nation’s public schools that federal disability law requires them to “provide students with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate alongside their peers in after-school athletics.” The directive applies the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said that public elementary and secondary schools “may not exclude students [with a disability] from trying out and playing on a team, if they are otherwise qualified.”

“While it’s the coach’s job to pick the best team,” he continued, “students with disabilities must be judged based on their individual abilities . . . . [S]chools don’t have to change the essential rules of the game, . . . [b]ut they do need to make reasonable modifications . . . to insure that students with disabilities get the very same opportunity to play as everyone else.”

In a half-hour interview on WFAN sports radio, Prof. Doug Abrams supported the Education Department’s directive because “equal opportunity for student-athletes with disabilities is good for athletes, and it is good for America.” Prof. Abrams reiterated his support in his weekly sports blog on “Ask Coach Wolff.”

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