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NewsHour Extra: Law Enables Students With Disabilities to Play Sports; PBS

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The Department of Education has issued new guidelines explaining what school districts need to do to enable students with physical disabilities or learning differences to participate in sports.

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The exciting thing about this news is that in many cases, one disability doesn't prevent someone from becoming a star in a sport, and the law will help society understand this.

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A 40 year old law ensures equal access to sports

Last month, the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR), which protects equal access to educational opportunities, issued a letter of guidance clarifying school districts’ legal obligation to provide equal access to extracurricular activities to all students. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, specifically section 504, disabled students with equal athletic ability have an equal right to participate in their schools’ extracurricular activities. 

"Participation in extracurricular athletics can be a critical part of a student's overall educational experience,” said Seth Galanter, acting assistant secretary for the OCR. "Schools must ensure equal access to that rewarding experience for students with disabilities."

What must schools do to ensure equal access?

The OCR issued the clarification in response to a 2010 government report that found students with what it termed “disabilities” were not participating in extracurricular athletics at the same rate as their peers -- in some cases, they were participating 56 percent less often. Students with disabilities include those whose differences wouldn’t directly affect their athletic performance, such as students with dyslexia, autism and intellectual impairments.

The report recommended the OCR make sure all districts were aware of their legal obligations to provide equal access and suggested several “reasonable modifications” schools could make, such as allowing starter pistols to be paired with visual cues, and in swimming, making exceptions to the two-hand-touch on the finish wall for students with only one hand.

In cases where such an accommodation is not possible, would significantly change the sport, or confer an advantage, schools are required to provide a separate extracurricular activity fully accessible to those students.

  
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10 environmentally friendly stadiums designed for greener sports

10 environmentally friendly stadiums designed for greener sports | Sports Facility Management 4175075 | Scoop.it
Alarming rise in global warming has forced engineers to design eco friendly stadiums that offer an opportunity for greener sports. Just take the tour and see the architectural marvels entwined with modern technology.

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Nine for IX

Nine for IX | Sports Facility Management 4175075 | Scoop.it
9 films commemorating the 40th anniversary of Title IX, highlighting women's participation in athletics. Exciting: http://t.co/GBeh3wadZY
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Will an Empty Marlins Park Create Backlash Against Sports Stadium Subsidies? - Forbes

Will an Empty Marlins Park Create Backlash Against Sports Stadium Subsidies? - Forbes | Sports Facility Management 4175075 | Scoop.it
Five years later, the public funding for Marlins Park remains a source of controversy (Photo credit: @mikepick) Five years ago today, the thirteen commissioners of Miami-Dade County approved a plan to spend $347 million in taxpayer money to build a...
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I'm sure this story will play a factor as the Dolphins attempt to bill the community for stadium renovations to the tone of $400 million.

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Daytona 500: How Important Is Danica Patrick To NASCAR? - Forbes

Daytona 500: How Important Is Danica Patrick To NASCAR? - Forbes | Sports Facility Management 4175075 | Scoop.it
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Neither does NASCAR. Darren Heitner is a Partner at Wolfe Law Miami, P.A.
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I have never been interested in NASCAR, until Danica entered the scene.  I want her to mow the competition down!!!

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Pioneers in women's sports at UK honored, Title IX lauded | Basketball: Women | Kentucky.com

Pioneers in women's sports at UK honored, Title IX lauded | Basketball: Women | Kentucky.com | Sports Facility Management 4175075 | Scoop.it
When A'dia Mathies pulls up for a 15-foot jump shot, the sharpshooting guard on the University of Kentucky women's basketball team is living out Sue Feamster's legacy.

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Title IX has another success story to read about!

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NewsHour Extra: Law Enables Students With Disabilities to Play Sports; PBS

NewsHour Extra: Law Enables Students With Disabilities to Play Sports; PBS | Sports Facility Management 4175075 | Scoop.it
The Department of Education has issued new guidelines explaining what school districts need to do to enable students with physical disabilities or learning differences to participate in sports.

Via Lou Salza
Don Cosper's insight:

The exciting thing about this news is that in many cases, one disability doesn't prevent someone from becoming a star in a sport, and the law will help society understand this.

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Lou Salza's curator insight, February 23, 2013 1:21 PM
A 40 year old law ensures equal access to sports

Last month, the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR), which protects equal access to educational opportunities, issued a letter of guidance clarifying school districts’ legal obligation to provide equal access to extracurricular activities to all students. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, specifically section 504, disabled students with equal athletic ability have an equal right to participate in their schools’ extracurricular activities. 

"Participation in extracurricular athletics can be a critical part of a student's overall educational experience,” said Seth Galanter, acting assistant secretary for the OCR. "Schools must ensure equal access to that rewarding experience for students with disabilities."

What must schools do to ensure equal access?

The OCR issued the clarification in response to a 2010 government report that found students with what it termed “disabilities” were not participating in extracurricular athletics at the same rate as their peers -- in some cases, they were participating 56 percent less often. Students with disabilities include those whose differences wouldn’t directly affect their athletic performance, such as students with dyslexia, autism and intellectual impairments.

The report recommended the OCR make sure all districts were aware of their legal obligations to provide equal access and suggested several “reasonable modifications” schools could make, such as allowing starter pistols to be paired with visual cues, and in swimming, making exceptions to the two-hand-touch on the finish wall for students with only one hand.

In cases where such an accommodation is not possible, would significantly change the sport, or confer an advantage, schools are required to provide a separate extracurricular activity fully accessible to those students.

  
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Are 'Risk Management' and 'Strategy Management' different Concepts?

Are 'Risk Management' and 'Strategy Management' different Concepts? | Sports Facility Management 4175075 | Scoop.it
From Wickipedia: “Strategy is a general, undetailed plan of action, encompassing a long period of time, to achieve a complicated goal.”, while “Risk management is the identification, assessment, and prioritization of risks followed by coordinated...

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Former NFL player, national champion and the lawyer of Bill Parcells, Joe Gibbs, and Sylvester Croom - Exclusive sit down with LawInSport - PART 1 - LawInSport

Former NFL player, national champion and the lawyer of Bill Parcells, Joe Gibbs, and Sylvester Croom - Exclusive sit down with LawInSport - PART 1 - LawInSport | Sports Facility Management 4175075 | Scoop.it
How does a former College & NFL player become a sports lawyer, and more importantly why would they want to become a lawyer after a successful playing career?
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This is an excellent read for anybody interested in becoming a sports lawyer!

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Miami Dolphins Hopeful On Stadium Proposal Date

Miami Dolphins Hopeful On Stadium Proposal Date | Sports Facility Management 4175075 | Scoop.it
The Miami Dolphins are hoping the county okays May 14 as the date for the stadium’s renovation proposal.
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Are Miami citizens being taken to the cleaners for the outrageous cost of their stadium renovation project? 

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