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Adaptive Physical Education


Adaptive Physical Education is a branch of the physical education program dealing with specific populations and students requiring special needs and services. The Adaptive Physical Education Specialist will assist adaptive and general physical education teachers in accommodating and modifying their physical education programs to meet the needs of students with disabilities.

Federal law (PL 94-142, PL 101-476, PL 105-17) mandates that physical education be provided to students with disabilities and defines physical education as the development of:

" physical and motor skills,

" fundamental motor skills and patterns (throwing, catching, walking, running, etc). and

" skills in aquatics, dance, and individual and group games and sports (including intramural and lifetime sports).

For all practical purposes, Adaptive Physical Education IS developmentally appropriate physical education at its finest. It is adapting, modifying, and/or changing a physical activity so it is as appropriate for the person with a disability as it is for a person without a disability.

Sports Ability Program for Students with Disabilities

Sports Ability Program for students with Disabilities is an extension of the basic Adaptive Physical Education instructional program. It is designed to maximize opportunities for school and student participation. Any student who has a physical, visual or hearing impairment should be encouraged to participate.

Sports Ability Program for Students with Disabilities' philosophy is that quality training of both coaches and athletes are crucial to success in sports participation. Seasonal meetings and clinics for coaching and officiating will help coaches develop and improve the athlete's overall fitness and ability.

Coaching supplements are available based upon the different disability groups at the school site. Each school may receive up to FIVE supplements based upon the following criteria.






Coaches may receive up to THREE supplements during a year.

For more information contact:
Adaptive Physical Education at (305) 995-1967

M-DCPS : 1450 NE 2nd Ave. : Miami, FL 33132 : Phone: (305) 995-1000 (For Non Technical Questions Only) © 2017