Schools required to include students with disabilities in sports programs

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Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013 12:00 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Breaking new ground, the U.S. Department of Education is telling schools that they must include students with disabilities in sports programs or provide equal alternatives. The directive — reminiscent of Title IX, the 1970s expansion of athletic opportunities for women — could bring sweeping changes to school budgets and locker rooms for years.

Schools would be required to make “reasonable modifications” to their sports programs for students with disabilities or else create parallel athletic programs that have comparable standing.

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