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(7.11) If my child cannot benefit from the regular academic program, can she participate in other school programs?

(7.11) If my child cannot benefit from the regular academic program, can she participate in other school programs?

Yes. The law is clear that students with disabilities have the right to participate in nonacademic and extracurricular services and activities to the maximum extent appropriate to their needs. Further, districts must provide these activities in a way that gives students with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate. Such services and activities include meals, recess, counseling services, athletics, transportation, health services, recreational activities, special interest groups or clubs, and employment opportunities. [34 C.F.R. Secs. 300.117 & 300.107.] Every IEP must include a statement of the special education and related services that will be provided for the student to be involved and participate in extracurricular and other nonacademic activities. [20 U.S.C. Sec. 1414(d)(1)(A)(i)(IV); 34 C.F.R. Sec. 300.320(a)(4)(ii).]