Kids with disabilities—including chronic illnesses—have had the right to take part in extracurricular activities since at least the 1970’s when Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act was passed. But a June 2010 study by the Government Accounting Office (GAO) showed that students with disabilities have not been given equal access to extracurricular sports programs. (more…)
The United States has seen several civil rights movements. We are now aware of the need for equal rights for people of different races, sexes, sexual orientation, and people with visible disabilities. The struggles of these groups continue, but their efforts to raise awareness, change attitudes and change laws have made steady progress, improving the quality of life and increasing opportunities for many people. I am optimistic that our society is evolving toward a more accepting one, that allows for more understanding and equality.
There is yet another civil and human rights movement in its infancy that demands our attention. (more…)