Each December, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial page publishes Prof. Doug Abrams’ op-ed article presenting the year’s “Top 5 Youth Sports Stories.” By showing the support that youth athletes with disabilities win from other players, this year’s stories demonstrate that the U.S. Department of Education struck the right balance when it recently urged inclusion of these athletes wherever possible.
“In schools and community leagues alike,” Abrams writes, “children with disabilities can play sports with other children if their abilities permit, and if their participation does not change the character of the game or compromise safety. . . . [D]ismantling barriers through sports is good for youngsters, and for the nation. Sports inspires children with disabilities, and these children inspire others with their determination and perseverance.”