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Adapted Physical Education

Adapted physical education provides a modified physical education program to students who have motor developmental delays. The adapted physical education (PE) teacher addresses the unique needs of the students to ensure their access to the general physical education curriculum.

Bernie the mascot playing hockey with students
Student participating in yoga
Students playing softball in gym
Students running at cross country event

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Public Law 108-466 (2004), states that physical education is a required service for children and youth between the ages of three to 21 who qualify for Special Education services because of a specific disability or developmental delay.

The Federal Law (PL 94-142, PL 101-476, PL 105-17, PL 108-446) mandates the following in regard to PE and students with disabilities:

Section §300.26 Special Education defines PE as the development of physical and motor skills, fundamental motor skills and patterns (throwing, catching, walking, running, etc.) and skills in aquatics, dance, individual and group games and sports (including intramural and lifetime sports).

Hometown Huddle

Adapted Athletics

The mission of adapted athletics is to provide Jeffco students with disabilities the same opportunity as other students to enjoy the benefits of a quality middle school or high school sports program; becoming active members in society who lead healthy lifestyles.

Adapted Game Rules and Guidelines

Students in Action

More than twenty Jeffco middle and high schools with an SSN (Significant Support Needs) program participated in the Adapted Athletics Hockey Day at Bear Creek High School. The mission of Adapted Athletics is to provide Jeffco students with unique needs the same opportunities as other students to enjoy the benefits of a quality middle school or high school sports program; becoming active members in society who lead healthy lifestyles.

Unified Bowling has grown by leaps and bounds this school year.  Unified Bowling was launched as a CHSAA sanctioned sport just before COVID hit in 2020. That hurdle has taken a few years to really grow participating schools.  This year, Jeffco has nine schools participating.

Students with autism at one Jeffco elementary school get a cool ride, thanks to a community effort. Jeffco Public Schools Multimedia Journalist Jack Maher reports.

Organizations for Students

National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD)

Learn more about winter, spring, summer and fall recreational and competitive sports and camps for people with disabilities, as well as the International Congress on Adapted Sport. Individuals, groups and families are welcome!

Skiing and Winter Adventures Adaptive 

Register your group for the Adaptive Sports Center in Crested Butte, CO. 

Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind Athletics

Get more information on attending football, volleyball, wrestling, basketball and track events!

Recreational Programs for Students

There are a variety of camps, recreational programs, outdoor recreation and other resources for students with special needs across the state. Below is a list that provides some details about the programs offered. While Jeffco Schools doesn’t endorse any of these specific programs, we encourage you to visit the websites, request a brochure and find the one that best suits your child’s needs. Many locations offer scholarship assistance and year-round programs.

Contact Us

Special Education

Special Education Community Support Line: 303-982-6682
Child Find Intake: 303-982-7247
Records Request:  spedrecords@jeffco.k12.co.us