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    May 2013

    OCR Guidance on Accommodating Students With Disabilities in Athletics

    The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education recently issued a "Dear Colleague" letter (DCL) interpreting federal law requirements for public school athletic participation by students with disabilities. Advocacy groups quickly hailed the DCL as an important tool for students and their parents. Consequently, schools need to review their procedures to ensure DCL compliance and determine whether program changes are necessary so students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate.

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