Law Allows Students With Disabilities to Participate in Sports

The Education Department's Office of Civil Rights reaffirmed the legal obligations for public school districts to provide access to sports programs for the students with disabilities.

The review concerns Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a law that outlines the right of disabled people who participate in activities that receive federal funding. The law states that a school district "is required to provide a qualified student with a disability an opportunity to benefit from the district's program equal to that of a student without disabilities," according to the education department.

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