Recreational Sports Journal
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that persons with disabilities be integrated to the maximum extent possible, and that these persons cannot be excluded from participation. Intramural directors need to be proactive in this area. The benefits of intramural sports are vast, and they help many students become part of the college community.
Forming an alliance with the Disability Services on campus, the first step, is the most vital aspect of making these programs successful. It is important to remember the difference between what can be done and what must be done. Even with the best of intentions, it is impossible to accommodate everyone, but modified games can be more inclusive. Program facilitators can use their imagination to modify rules to get even more students involved. Beginning a program like this can be a challenge, but the long-term impact is a program beneficial to persons with and without disabilities.
ADA compliance, intramural, recreational sports, disabilities, rule modification, inclusion
Titlebaum, Peter J.; Brennan, Kate; and Chynoweth, Tracy, "We Want to Play Too" (2002). Health and Sport Science Faculty Publications. 4.
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