Dept. of Education says disabled shouldn't be discriminated against in athletics

The Department of Education released new guidelines on Friday which stated that students with disabilities should have equal access to extracurricular athletics.

As part of President Obama’s liberal second-term agenda, the department is saying schools should make modifications to better include students with disabilities.

Schools already are under a legal obligation to give students the same athletic opportunities, but a 2010 report found than many schools were not fulfilling those obligations.

For example, under the new guidelines at a track and field event schools can use both a starter pistol and a visual cue to signal the beginning of the race so as to accommodate a student who is hearing impaired.

The 2013 guidelines do not however, prohibit schools from cutting students with disabilities from competitive teams as long as the cuts are not discriminatory.


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