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WASHINGTON (AP) - Students with disabilities must be given a fair shot to play on a traditional sports team or have their own leagues, the Education Department says.

Disabled students who want to play for their school could join traditional teams if officials can make "reasonable modifications" to accommodate them. If those adjustments would fundamentally alter a sport or give the student an advantage, the department is directing the school to create parallel athletic programs that have comparable standing to traditional programs.

"Sports can provide invaluable lessons in discipline, selflessness, passion and courage, and this guidance will help schools ensure that students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to benefit from the life lessons they can learn on the playing field or on the court," Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a statement announcing the new guidance Friday.

The groundbreaking order is reminiscent of the Title IX expansion of athletic opportunities for girls and women four decades ago and could bring sweeping changes to school budgets and locker rooms for years to come.

Last Updated on 26 January 2013



Nick Taylor & David Wagner share a gold metal moment.

Last Updated on 07 October 2012

2011-12 U.S. Paralympians of the Year

By U.S. Olympic Committee | Sep 17, 2012, 3:29 PM ET
U.S. Men's Quad Doubles Wheelchair Tennis Team, Paralympic Team of the Year

Nick TaylorThe U.S. men's quad doubles tennis team of Nick Taylor (Wichita, Kan.) and David Wagner (Hillsboro, Ore.) captured its third consecutive gold medal at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The winning duo, which has dominated the field since quad doubles was introduced at the 2004 Paralympic Games, outlasted favorites Andrew Lapthorne and Peter Norfolk of Great Britain, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2, to defend its title. Taylor and Wagner opened the 2011-12 campaign by aiding the U.S. to its seventh world team cup championship last May. Four months later, the duo combined to win its seventh grand slam doubles title at the 2011 U.S. Open. Prior to the Games, the pair finished third at the 2012 World Team Cup. In addition to winning doubles gold at the London Games, Taylor and Wagner each medaled in the individual competition, with Wagner claiming silver and bringing his total medal count to five, and Taylor earning bronze to improve his medal count to four overall.
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Last Updated on 22 September 2012



Wichitan ready to compete in London during his third trip to the Paralympics

Reported by: Katie Taube
Published: 8/03 6:22 pm
WICHITA, Kansas -- A man born and raised in Wichita is headed to London to compete in his third Paralympics.

Nick Taylor never imagined a decision he made in high school would lead him on world wide adventures, and says he wants other disabled people to give athletics a try.

In a wheelchair his entire life, Nick Taylor knew heading into his freshman year he wanted to play a high school sport.

"My joke is, they weren't gonna let me play football," laughs Nick.

Nick's options were golf or tennis.

He chose tennis.

Last Updated on 05 August 2012



Jennifer KreutzerJennifer Kreutzzer is recognized as a Girl Scout leader in Traditions & Trailblazing magazine. Read her article on page 26.





Last Updated on 11 January 2012
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