This is a brief presentation to help youth sports officials and coaches be more inclusive in their programs. The presentation will introduce coaches, officials, and sports staff to tips and strategies to include athletes with disabilities in the school’s sports activities.
According to the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a research-based set of principles to guide the design of learning environments that are accessible and effective to all. In order to impact different type of learners UDL focuses on multiple means of representation, multiple means of action, expression and multiple means of engagement. The video, Universal Design for Learning in Physical Education, features strategies based on the UDL framework and specific to physical education. The strategies shown in the video were obtained from the Lieberman-Brian Inclusion Rating Scale (LIRSPE).
School physical education programs offer the best opportunity to provide physical activity to all children and to teach them the skills and knowledge needed to establish and sustain an active lifestyle. An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is part of the educational process that allows students with disabilities to participate during physical education activities. The interactive IEP Roadmap for Physical Education provides guidance to physical educators to be able to navigate through the IEP process while making the biggest impact on their student’s health and wellbeing. The information presented in the roadmap could also help parents and other IEP members that are not familiar with IEPs.