Outline of the state of Ohio

Adaptive Physical Education

Adaptive Physical Education

State law addresses making PE inclusive, including adapted PE or accommodations when necessary.

Ohio Administrative Code 3301-51-01 Applicability of requirements and definitions.

(B)(60)(a)(i)"Special education" means specially designed instruction, at no cost to the parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability, including:

  • (a) Instruction conducted in the classroom, in the home, in hospitals and institutions, and in other settings; and
  • (b) Instruction in physical education.

(ii) Special education includes each of the following, if the services otherwise meet the requirements of paragraph (B)(60)(a)(i) of this rule:

  • (a) Speech-language pathology services, or any other related service, if the IEP team considers the service special education rather than a related service under state Standard;
  • (b) Travel training; and
  • (c) Vocational education.

(b) Individual special education terms defined. The terms in this rule are defined as follows:

  • (i) "At no cost" means that all specially-designed instruction is provided without charge, but does not preclude incidental fees that are normally charged to nondisabled students or their parents as a part of the regular education program.
  • (ii) "Physical education" means:
  • (a)The development of:
  • (i) Physical and motor fitness;
  • (ii) Fundamental motor skills and patterns; and
  • (iii) Skills in aquatics, dance, and individual and group games and sports (including intramural and lifetime sports); and
  • (b) Includes special physical education, adapted physical education, movement education, and motor development.
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Ohio Administrative Code 3301-51-02 Free appropriate public education.

(I) Physical education

(1) General Physical education services, specially designed if necessary, must be made available to every child with a disabilityreceiving FAPE, unless the school district enrolls children without disabilities and does not provide physical education to children without disabilities in the same grades.

(2) Regular physical education Each child with a disability must be afforded the opportunity to participate in the regular physical education program available to nondisabled children unless:

  • (a) The child is enrolled full time in a separate facility; or
  • (b) The child needs specially designed physical education, as prescribed in the child's IEP.

(3) Special physical education If specially designed physical education is prescribed in a child's IEP, the school district responsible for serving the child must provide the services directly or make arrangements for those services to be provided through other public or private programs.

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