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.
This specifically can be found in the Individualized Education Program, usually under Supplementary Aids and Services.
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.
- Extracurricular Activities and Students with Disabilities PACER
- Extent of Nonparticipation NICHCY Legacy
You can find more information about additional aspects of Access to General Education.