Participation of Students with Severe Disabilities in Extracurricular Activities: How and Are They Included?

Full inclusion involves a student’s meaningful participation in both general education classes and after school activities (e.g., extracurricular activities). Although there is a growing inclusion literature relative to the general education classroom, relatively little has been written about student participation in extracurricular activities. This presentation examines this issue and shares data from students, teachers, and parents. Recommendations to increase participation are presented.

(1) As a result of this session participants will be able to learn about the extent to which students with severe disabilities participate in extracurricular activities.

(2) As a result of this session participants will be able to learn about the types of extracurricular activities students participate in and the types of support they are provided.

(3) As a result of this session participants will be able to learn from students about their experiences (or lack of) participating in extracurricular activities.

(4) As a result of this session participants will be able to learn about ways to increase student participation.

Martin Agran, Colleen Thoma, Kira Austin, Ronald Tamura, Edwin Achola, Cynthia Nixon