Friday, February 15, 2013 - 11:53 AM
A recent ruling by the U.S. Board of Education says that disabled high school students who want to play sports should have options available to them to participate. Some have celebrated the ruling as a Title IX type victory, while others have worried about what the cost will be to already cash strapped athletic departments. Tim Stried of the Ohio High School Athletic Association says the ruling doesn't really fall into either category... (Audio Below)
Stried says individual schools can assess what their needs are and offer programming based on a case-by case basis.
The OHSAA and many schools in the state have already been proactive in this effort before the ruling. Stried says a Mansfield area school made some accommodations for a blind cross country runner who was allowed to run with her guide dog... (Audio Below)
Stried says the state track and field meet will highlight another effort by the OHSAA to give disabled athletes more opportunities. For the first time ever there will be paralympic style events at the meet featuring high school athletes from around the state.
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