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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Maryland's 2008 Fitness and Athletic Equity Act for Students with Disabilities, the first of its kind in the country, established guidelines to incorporate students with disabilities into athletic programs. The law states that all public school systems must give disabled students an equal opportunity to try out and, if chosen, play on a mainstream sports team, and that administrators must make any reasonable accommodations, with the condition that the game is not fundamentally altered. It requires school districts to have adapted sports available by July 1, 2011.

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CountyAdapted sports (season)Projected start datePre-existing programs
Anne ArundelFloor hockey (spring), bowling (winter), track and field (fall)Spring of the 2010-11 school yearNone
CalvertAll intramural sports: track and field (fall), bowling (winter), badminton (spring)Fall of the 2010-11 school yearNone
CharlesTrack and field (spring), archery (fall), bowling (winter)Fall of 2011-12 school yearUnified track and field
FrederickTrack and field (spring), tennis (fall), bocce (winter)Spring of the 2009-10 school yearNone
HowardSoccer (fall), bowling (winter), softball (spring)Fall of the 2011-12 school yearAllied golf and wheelchair track
MontgomerySoftball (spring), track and field (fall), bocce (winter)Spring of the 2009-10 school yearNone
Prince George'sTrack and field (spring), softball (fall), bowling and bocce (winter)Spring of the 2009-10 school yearUnified track and field


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