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On Friday, the Office for Civil Rights of the U S Department of Education issued a Dear Colleague Letter providing guidance on the responsibility of school districts to provide equal access for children with disabilities to extra-curricular sports activities.
You can read the letter clarifying student's rights under §504 here. A blog post by Secretary Duncan, a former professional basketball player, may be reviewed here. The action was prompted by a June 2010 study by the Government Accountability Office concerning obstacles to participation in sports by children with disabilities. The GAO report is available here.