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Reports, Position Papers, and Policy Statements Related to Adapted Physical Education

The items below represent important information regarding physical education for students with disabilities. These items can be used by parents and advocates when working with school districts and others to plan appropriate physical education services for students with disabilities in special education.

Adapted Physical Activity Council - Adapted Physical Education Eligibility Position Statement: National recommendations of eligibility criteria for APE services for children with disabilities. The goal of this statement is to help teachers, school administrators, local education agencies, and parents to determine appropriateness of service delivery in physical education. 

Adapted Physical Activity Council – Highly Qualified Adapted Physical Education Teacher Position Paper: Highlights the criteria for what makes a person a highly qualified adapted physical educator. 

American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation - Adapted Physical Education Webinars: Legal Issues and Advocacy Strategies for School-Based Adapted Physical Education Programs. 

California State Council on Adapted Physical Education: Provides resources on aspects of adapted physical education. Includes links to adapted physical education guidelines, position statements, and assessment tools.

Federal Register – Final Regulations for Implementation of IDEA (including physical education on pages 46583, 46761-46762, 46764): Federal final regulations for implementation of IDEA. Assistance to States for the Education of Children with Disabilities and Preschool Grants for Children with Disabilities; Final Rule-

Missouri State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education – Adapted Physical Education Q & A: Answers frequently asked questions about adapted physical education.

U.S. Department of Education - Office of Civil Rights Report: Government report which reiterates that all school districts should provide opportunities for students with disabilities to participate in extracurricular activities and sport.
Students with Disabilities in Extracurricular Athletics (January 2013):

U.S. Department of Education - Office of Special Education Programs: Creating Equality in PE and Athletics- Response to GAO Report (Aug 2011): Provides information on the problem of lack of opportunities for youth with disabilities to participate in physical activity and offers suggestions to increase participation. 

U.S. Department of Education - Physical Education Guidelines for Students with Disabilities in Response to GAO: Response report which states that while school based sports are on the rise, they should supplement physical education classes not replace them. 

U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) Report: Congress agency which investigates how federal government spends tax dollars. Investigation done on students with disabilities involvement in physical education and athletics found that participation in extracurricular athletics for students with disabilities was significantly lower than their non-disabled peers.

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction - Physical Education for Children with Disabilities Bulletin 10.04: Answers commonly asked questions regarding physical education requirements for children with disabilities. 

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction – Describing Special Education, Related Services, Supplementary Aids and Services, and Program Modifications or Supports Bulletin 10.07: See page 8, question 8 for answers on including frequency/duration for students receiving specially designed physical education.