Supporting Student Athletes - In the Know

General Information

Special Education and Sports

The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) is responsible for preventing discrimination against students with disabilities in the education system.  The Act contains a section that outlines the guidelines that are specific to the participation of children with disabilities in interscholastic sports competitions and teams. The key to inclusion in interscholastic sports is dependent on two factors. The first being that they are otherwise qualified to participate in the sport and the second stating that the accommodations needed to be made for their participation would be a reasonable one (ADA,1994).

 Disclosure of Interscholastic Athletic Opportunities

Effective July 1, 2012, PA General Assembly passed Act 82 Article XVI-C, the Disclosure of Interscholastic Athletic Opportunities in secondary schools (7-12 grades).  PDE has established a “DRAFT” disclosure form for all public secondary school entities on PDE’s website and school entities will collect this data for this school year of 2012-2013.  This will include public schools, joint schools, area vocational-technical schools, charter schools and cyber charter schools. 

The “FINAL” disclosure form will be posted this summer for school entities to complete and submit to PDE by October 15, 2013 through the PIMS system.  Next year, all non-school (booster clubs, alumni and other non-school) contributions and purchases for the school year 2013-2014 will be submitted October 15, 2014.

For additional information, please contact:

School Services Unit |
Pennsylvania Department of Education
333 Market Street | Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Phone: 717.787.4860 | Fax: 717.214.4389 |




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