Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
For years, the IHSA has focused upon reasonable accommodations to allow student-athletes with disabilities to be integrated to the maximum extent possible in IHSA sports and activities. The IHSA has promoted inclusion of student-athletes with disabilities wherever possible, focusing upon the various benefits of participating in extracurricular athletics or activities, which would include socialization, improved teamwork and leadership skills, as well as fitness. Effective June 11, 2012, the IHSA announced new events for student-athletes with disabilities in swimming and diving, track and field, cross country and bowling. The IHSA has now conducted these events for student-athletes with disabilities since the 2012-13 academic year, and it has consistently attempted to promote and broaden the opportunities for student-athletes with disabilities.
Member schools can make accommodation requests for students with disabilities as a part of the association’s Accommodations Policy. The Policy and the Accommodations Request Form can be found here in this section of the IHSA website along with other information regarding these programs.
Additionally, the IHSA’s ADA Coordinator, Kurt Gibson, will be available to assist member schools during the year with any questions they might have regarding association programs for students with disabilities. His contact information is as follows:
Kurt Gibson, IHSA ADA Coordinator
These programs have expanded opportunities for student athletes, and the IHSA has been encouraged by the growth of the programs in just three years. In the summer of 2016, the IHSA plans to conduct a road race with divisions for wheelchair racers and able-bodied runners. More information regarding this first of its kind event will be posted as it becomes available.