Children with disabilities have the right to participate in extra-curricular and nonacademic activities just as children without disabilities do. Along with academic activities, schools usually offer extracurricular and nonacademic activities, which typically involve students of the same age and may be organized and supervised by school personnel. Examples of these activities include the school yearbook and newspaper, school sports and recreational activities, school clubs and special interest groups, lunch, recess, pep rallies, assemblies, field trips, and school-sponsored after-school programs.
For children with disabilities who qualify for special education, the child’s Individualized
Education Program (IEP) team, which includes the parents, will determine the appropriate education for the child, as well as the appropriate extracurricular and nonacademic activities.
Which school extracurricular activities does your child participate in? Are there other activities you would like your child to participate in?