2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Section 18A:11-3.5 - Findings, declarations relative to athletic activities of students with disabilities.

18A:11-3.5 Findings, declarations relative to athletic activities of students with disabilities.

1. The Legislature finds and declares that:

a. The United States Government Accountability Office issued a report in June 2010 that underscored that access to, and participation in, extracurricular athletic opportunities provide important health and social benefits to all students, particularly those with disabilities, including socialization, improved teamwork and leadership skills, and fitness. Unfortunately, the report found that students with disabilities are not being afforded an equal opportunity to participate in extracurricular athletics in public elementary and secondary schools.

b. The United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, issued guidance on January 25, 2013, which clarifies existing legal obligations of school districts to provide equal access to extracurricular athletic activities to students with disabilities and urges school districts to work with community organizations to increase athletic opportunities for students with disabilities in club, intramural, and interscholastic athletic programs.

c. Students with intellectual, developmental, physical, and other forms of disabilities should consistently have opportunities to participate in athletics equal to those of other students, which is in keeping with school district responsibilities under section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C.s.794, regarding the provision of extracurricular activities.

L.2014, c.10, s.1.

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