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Here you can find NC educational policies that define and explain adapted physical education, how eligibility is determined and how it should be provided.

NC Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities (June 2010)

NC 1500-2.1 Adapted physical education

(a) Children with disabilities shall have equal access to the provision of physical education. Physical education includes the development of:

  1. Physical and motor fitness;
  2. Fundamental motor skills and patterns; and
  3. Skills in individual and group games, sports, and activities (including intramural and life-time sports).

(b) If a child with a disability cannot participate in the regular physical education program, individualized instruction in physical education designed to meet the unique needs of the child shall be provided. Physical education may include:

  1. Modified physical education,
  2. Adapted/special physical education,
  3. Movement education, and
  4. Motor development.

(c) Modified physical education is appropriate for a child who can participate in the general physical education program with accommodations or modifications. These modifications can include changing rules, equipment, time limits, etc. It can also include supports such as a sign language interpreter. (d) Adapted physical education (also called specially designed or special physical education) is instruction in physical education that is designed on an individual basis specifically to meet the needs of a child with a disability.
(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1401; 34 CFR 300.39(2)(3))

NC 1500-2.34 Special education

(a) General.

  1. Special education means specially designed instruction, at no cost to the parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability, including
    1. instruction conducted in the classroom, in the home, in hospitals and institutions, and in other settings; and
    2. Instruction in physical education
  2. Special education includes each of the following, if the services otherwise meet the requirements of paragraph (a)(1) of this section –
    1. Speech-language pathology services,
    2. Travel training; and
    3. Vocational education.

(b) Individual special education terms defined. The terms in this definition are defined as follows:

  1. At no cost means that all specially-designed instruction is provided without charge, but does not preclude incidental fees that are normally charged to nondisabled students or their parents as a part of the regular education program.
  2. Physical education means –
    1. The development of –
      1. Physical and motor fitness;
      2. Fundamental motor skills and patterns; and
      3. Skills in games and sports.
    2. Includes special physical education, adapted physical education, movement education, and motor development.
  3. Specially designed instruction means adapting, as appropriate, to the needs of an eligible child under these Policies, the content, methodology, or delivery of instruction--
    1. To address the unique needs of the child that result from the child's disability; and
    2. To ensure access of the child to the general curriculum, so that he or she can meet the educational standards within the jurisdiction of the public agency that apply to all children…

(Authority: 20 U.S.C.1401(29); 34 CFR 300.39)

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