The regulations do not mean sports teams must allow all disabled students to participate. Students are required to try out for the team and show they are qualified to play.
“I’m truly, truly excited,” said Anjali Forber-Pratt, an elite wheelchair racer and Paralympics champion who grew up in Natick. “I think that this is landmark in terms of civil rights for persons with disabilities. It’s a powerful statement to have the backing of the government.”
Forber-Prattduring is pictured above at the athletics events at the Beijing Paralympics.
“A school district must afford qualified students with disabilities an equal opportunity for participation in extracurricular athletics in an integrated manner to the maximum extent appropriate to the needs of the student,” reported the US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.