Extracurricular and Nonacademic Activities

Schools do more than teach students to read and do math.  Students also eat lunch together, go on field trips, and join school sponsored clubs and sports teams.  These are called “non-academic” or “extracurricular” activities.  Students with disabilities must have an equal chance to take part in these other school activities.  Read more: Your Child with a Disability Can Take Part in Extracurricular Activities.

This specifically can be found in the Individualized Education Program, usually under Supplementary Aids and Services. Michigan Department of Education also has technical guidance available on this section of the IEP.

The Office of Civil Rights issued a “Dear Colleague” letter and additional guidance further explaining the rights of students with disabilities to participate in extracurricular activities in 2013.

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You can find more information about additional aspects of Access to General Education.

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