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White House: Schools must
open sports to disabled

USA Today, by Greg Toppo

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Posted By:KarenJ1, 1/25/2013 9:49:16 AM

The Obama administration for the first time is telling school districts across the USA that they must give disabled students equal access to extracurricular sports, a move that advocates say has been years in the making. In a letter to schools due out Friday, Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Seth Galanter of the Department of Education says schools should provide "reasonable modifications" to allow disabled students to participate – for instance, providing a deaf track athlete with a flashing light that goes off simultaneously with the starter pistol that others hear.

The regime just can´t help themselves. This is a disaster just waiting to happen. The trial lawyers must be drooling all over themselves in anticipation of the lawsuits that will be forthcoming when individuals are severely injured because they are not physically able to participate in a sport like football or basketball that are extremely physical, just to name a couple of examples. It´s also very unfair to the other athletes.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: pickle1, 1/25/2013 9:50:28 AM     (No. 9138413)

Thought they did that in the Kennedy years.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: mythman, 1/25/2013 9:56:08 AM     (No. 9138423)

Obama should start by declaring that each amateur and professional sports team must have a collective physical size profile reflecting that of the rest of the general population. No more favoring of the physical, accidental advantages afforded by birth and hereditary. Let´s see how that one would play out.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: pc1eszm, 1/25/2013 9:57:40 AM     (No. 9138429)

They did, #1. In my state, at least, Special Olympics has this covered in the schools. I guess Zippy forgot that he compared his bowling skills to that of a Special Olympian. That one still stings-my Special Olympian carries a 145 average!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: FunOne, 1/25/2013 10:00:36 AM     (No. 9138443)

Would being white be considered a disability for playing basketball?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: afherkdriver, 1/25/2013 10:13:28 AM     (No. 9138478)

It would be unfair to use a flashing light instead of a started pistol since light travels faster than sound. Will the starter pistol be allowed in a no gun zone? So many problems and so little time.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: SnowQueen, 1/25/2013 10:13:29 AM     (No. 9138479)

Once the lawsuits start, schools will simply disband their sports programs, so no one gets to play.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: LAW428, 1/25/2013 10:15:04 AM     (No. 9138483)

I´ve had my fill of the nanny state telling us what we must do in our homes, in our schools, and in our states.

My command is for all of these nation transformers to go do something obscene to themselves, especially the Kenyan at the top of the heap!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: TheMotherCO, 1/25/2013 10:19:48 AM     (No. 9138495)

If you are disabled, you just are and cannot do what regulars do. If they haven´t figured that out yet, they are beyond stupid. I can just see the pro teams doing a wheelchair touchdown or blockikng for his quarterback. I would think that the disabled would realize this and stick with the Olympics for those who have problems. - special ones, not mainstreamed.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: terrywhite, 1/25/2013 10:25:11 AM     (No. 9138507)

Can someone tell me exactly where in the constitution the federal government has any authority regarding education whatsoever?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Rubinski, 1/25/2013 10:38:53 AM     (No. 9138539)

#9, it´s right there by the right to an abortion, and the rights of all people to be equal in all ways.

Didn´t you listen to the inauguration address?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: aasilver, 1/25/2013 10:41:55 AM     (No. 9138546)

Title IX resulted in many sports teams being disbanded at HS and University level so that womens sports can have teams.

The wussifing of America continues.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: rburns, 1/25/2013 10:48:28 AM     (No. 9138557)

Just where in the Constitution does it give ANYBODY the right to dictate to schools they MUST open sports to anybody?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: TrueBlueWfan, 1/25/2013 10:48:36 AM     (No. 9138558)

This has disaster written all over it. Imagine a school has only 1 disabled kid. That kid wants to play football. Does the school have to give him a slot on the team? What about the kid that doesn´t get on the team because this disabled kid got the slot? Do they have to let the disabled kid play a certain amount of time? What about if they are playing a team with no disabled members? Would that be fair?

Butt out, all of you liberal do-gooders that make the rules for everyone else then exempt yourselves.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Hotrod, 1/25/2013 10:52:51 AM     (No. 9138568)

The democrats would get a lot of diaabled people hurt with this ridiculous idea. Wheelchairs in football? Back braces in soccer? Blind people on the baseball diamond? I could go on....

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Reply 15 - Posted by: lydwho, 1/25/2013 10:54:47 AM     (No. 9138577)

Problem solved!!!

Let´s say that there is someone in the school with a broken leg and he wants to play football. Just line up 10 kids, break one of their legs and the problem is solved!!


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Reply 16 - Posted by: nimby, 1/25/2013 10:56:29 AM     (No. 9138586)

Yup, tell that to a winning sports team!!

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Grambo, 1/25/2013 11:03:55 AM     (No. 9138614)

I, for one, am immensely gratified that the government has succeeded in getting braille keypads put on all drive-up ATM’s, a heartwarming example of our tax dollars wisely spent. And now they bring more of the same to our schools.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: lil dotty, 1/25/2013 11:13:05 AM     (No. 9138640)

Do NOT make diehard football fans angry. Just as unintended consequences pop up on other d´rat laws. This will follow suit. Disbanded school teams, alumni contributions dry up and colleges go up even to a higher degree in costs to students. Meanwhile, pols throw more of our dollars into keeping their doors open.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: pomom, 1/25/2013 11:18:53 AM     (No. 9138655)

Will they be required to try out for the sport right along with all the other team hopefuls? That, alone, should cull the herd.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: tomanderson61, 1/25/2013 11:24:22 AM     (No. 9138673)

The answer to this, to the demand of letting girls play boys sports, the issues with same sex prom dates, all of this is simple.

Get sports programs and all other of these types of extra-curricular activities OUT of the public schools.

You want to play football? Fine, pay your own way and set up teams within your local Parks District.

In my city, we have a massive Soccer presence. We have a private stadium that hosts adult and junior soccer and softball leagues. Our parks host huge amounts of private soccer leagues and games. You want an awards event or a prom? Pay for it yourselves and host it at your local community center, many of which stand vacant for many days of the year. At a time long ago when whole towns and social events revolved or involved the local high school, the present setup more or less made some sense. Today, schools should be solely focused on education and preparing students for real-world jobs.

The advantages are many. Teams are free to select who they want, the pay for all this is not on the taxpayers shoulders. Pre-built stadiums and fields that are already on the school premises can be rented back for a small fee. Distractions to students trying to study are minimized. If you want a league for kids that are special needs, go for it.

Best of all, you can tell the White House, the ACLU, the Dept. of Education, and your local sue-happy mouth-breathers to go pound sand.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: dolphin, 1/25/2013 11:26:00 AM     (No. 9138677)

Let´s have a glee club for the tone deaf!

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Reply 22 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 1/25/2013 11:26:10 AM     (No. 9138680)

Exactly, #1. My cousin and her husband have a son with Down Syndrome; he´s now about 22. Several years ago, they established an organization, that provides vocational, educational, and social/recreational opportunities for special needs children and adults in northwest Oklahoma. Each year, they also host an annual walk/run event to raise money for the foundation. Special needs children/adults participate, or someone in place of a special needs individual who can´t physically participate.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: maggie2u, 1/25/2013 11:30:35 AM     (No. 9138693)

In the interest of fairness, disabled people should also be registered for the selective service and serve in combat.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: NJVol, 1/25/2013 11:39:45 AM     (No. 9138717)

The marching band of the University of Louisville had a kid in a wheelchair who was pushed around the football field by his dad. Now I´m sorry the kid (a trumpeter, I believe) was confined to a wheelchair, but a marching band is a visual thing which depends on uniformity and precision -- the wheelchair being pushed by dad ruined all that. ESPN thought it was an incredibly heart-warming story, but I never saw an ESPN story about an offensive lineman in a wheelchair pushed by his dad. Oh no, that would be silly!

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Reply 25 - Posted by: fayebeck, 1/25/2013 12:07:40 PM     (No. 9138788)

It´s the parents fault.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: udanja99, 1/25/2013 12:20:39 PM     (No. 9138824)

I like the way #23 thinks. Fair is fair and libs are particularly big on fairness.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: lakerman1, 1/25/2013 12:31:53 PM     (No. 9138853)

As I read this latest bit of regulatory insanity, a school could set up a team of handicapped children, but expenditures, coaching, facilities, travel, would all have to be equal to non handicapped teams.
Any school district with half a brain will eliminate sports, which then can be run by private organizations. Those organizations would not fall under these regulations.
(Think ice hockey clubs, for example.)
The geniuses at the white house once again failed to understand the consequences attached to their stupid regs.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: globalwarmer, 1/25/2013 12:34:20 PM     (No. 9138859)

Also, the racial make up of all teams will be the same ratio as in society generally.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 1/25/2013 12:39:34 PM     (No. 9138871)

"Equal access" means just what the words state. Handicapped/ disabled students already have that. Separated by gender, anyone can "TRY-OUT" for a sports team. What this Administration really wants is a sports PROGRAM for the handicapped/disabled, which is an enormously expensive endeavor, depending on the severity of the handicap. Which is why the "special olympics " exists. Obviously it is a rare occasion when a person with a disablity can compete with those without. This Administration is simply filled
with ignorant individuals with mental impairments.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Magic8Ball, 1/25/2013 12:43:11 PM     (No. 9138885)

There have been blind Umpires and Referees forever.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: maggie2u, 1/25/2013 1:01:50 PM     (No. 9138929)

LOL@poster #30.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: realrep, 1/25/2013 1:07:18 PM     (No. 9138943)

My 11 year old grand nephew is visually impaired (albino). His parents know that life is not going to give him any breaks so they don´t give him any breaks. He´s very intelligent and home schooled.
He probably won´t pass the eye test to get a drivers´ license. Gotta eliminate the eye test, right?

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Reply 33 - Posted by: cactus, 1/25/2013 1:42:55 PM     (No. 9139016)

I want to see more 5´6" and under players on pro basketball teams. Each team also needs to have the same percentage of whites, blacks, asians, hispanics, etc as the general population. And we need more 150 pound linemen in the NFL. There´s discrimination everywhere and it has to stop. Now, about those "scholarships" for students who have high scores on tests and get good grades. That´s unfaaair to the "F" students and dropouts. Life´s unfair Obamanuts. Get over it.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: msjena, 1/25/2013 2:34:51 PM     (No. 9139099)

#29--Obama is of the school that doesn´t just believe in "equal access." He wants equality in outcomes. Remember Professor Seidman who wrote that article about getting rid of the Constitution? I took a course from him where he argued that rights are essentially worthless unless the law enables people to exercise them. So federal funds should pay for abortion and birth control, students should be bussed to achieve racial integration and, in this instance, athletic teams should be required to let the disabled participate by making the necessary accommodations. This is the Obama administration´s ideology. We can expect more of the same over the next four years.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: LaVallette, 1/26/2013 6:16:44 AM     (No. 9140039)

What modifications can I expect at 5´6" for a fair crack at winning an Olympic gold medal in high jump? What about in basketball? Can I expect either the bar or the hoop to be lowered?

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Reply 36 - Posted by: LaVallette, 1/26/2013 6:21:02 AM     (No. 9140046)

PS Absolutely men are born equal in their rights, but definitely not equal in their aptitudes or in their physical and intellectual abilities. There is nothing that can be done about this to provide for an equal outcome for everybody.

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