Adaptive Sports: Assessing the Inaugural Year of the ECAC and Adaptive Sport NCAA Championships Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Lievense, Ethan
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
  • As pieces of legislation continue to circulate concerning discrimination based on disability and the requirements and opportunities schools are obligated to provide, organizations have begun looking for ways to abide by the legislation, most importantly Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. In response, the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference became the first collegiate athletic conference to offer NCAA-sanctioned events and varsity-level competition in adaptive sports. Recommendations and observations from ten participants were used to create a framework for a more polished adaptive initiative. The suggestions and observations of the inaugural year of competition are driving factors that will best represent a similar student-athlete experience to that of an able-bodied student-athlete. By advising ECAC officials, coaches, and administrators, this study aims to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the program and how ECAC institutions can best advance this initiative going forward.
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  • Malekoff, Robert
  • Osborne, Barbara
  • Weight, Erianne
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2017

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