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Recent AAASP News
New Year, Continued Emphasis on Education, and Resources to Connect Sidelined Athletes with Teams Across the State
Atlanta, February 28, 2024 – This year marks the 34th anniversary of the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the 11th anniversary of the Dear Colleague Letter, issued by the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Education. The Letter clarified for our schools, their role and…
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Great.com Interviews Christy Jones of AdaptED SPORTS – Promoting Inclusivity and Equality Through Athletics
(Originally posted on Great.com) Having a physical disability should not limit a person’s ability to participate in sports and athletic activities. Unfortunately, this has been an ongoing issue that has prevented several individuals from experiencing the benefits of sports, such as camaraderie, teamwork, and a sense of accomplishment. Thankfully, the American…
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2023-24 Wheelchair Basketball Officials Training Clinics
AAASP would like to thank the Clayton County Board of Education and the Peach County Board of Education for hosting the 2023-24 Wheelchair Basketball Officials Training Clinics. December 2nd, Byron Middle School in Peach County hosted the first of two clinics. Clayton County hosted the second clinic December 9th at their new Adapted…
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What a Great Weekend of Play at the 2023 AAASP/ GHSA Varsity Wheelchair Handball State Championship!
What a great weekend of play in the AAASP/ GHSA Varsity Wheelchair Handball State Championship! The tournament took place in Warner Robins this year — thank you to Warner Robins High School for hosting the event! (See AAASP/ GHSA Wheelchair Handball State Championship photos below!) The semifinals was a very…
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American Association of Adapted Sports Programs (AAASP) Announce 2023 ASPIRE Awards Recipients
Atlanta, October 23, 2023 The American Association of Adapted Sports Programs, Inc. (AAASP) honored 43 key people and organizations on October 22 nd for their outstanding contributions to support student athletes with physical disabilities to get “off the sidelines and into the game.” The Fifth Annual ASPIRE Awards Celebration, emceed…
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ACHIEVING BIG THINGS TOGETHER SINCE 1996:
A Win-Win for Everyone
The AAASP method ensures an equitable opportunity in school athletic programs for physically disabled students. It's a win-win for schools and community organizations.
This nationally recognized award-winning model complies with federal mandates and provides partners with quality proven implementation strategies while offering a coordinated approach for growth and sustainability in adapted athletics at the local level. The advantage for partnering schools and community organizations is they can maximize participation, share resources, coordinate services and avoid duplicating programs. Partners have access to best practices, adaptedSPORTS® policy, resources, data, research, educational training programs, equipment kits, rules committees, and technical expertise to successfully implement inclusive adapted athletic programs to improve the well-being of children with physical disabilities.
Put simply, we train coaches, coordinators, officials and school administrators how to engage, serve and fully integrate the last group of students still sidelined in sports in America's schools - those with physical disabilities. That's HUGE! But it's no longer hugely difficult or expensive.
Since our founding in Atlanta in 1996, AAASP has been hailed as the "premier" organization successfully serving, "America's Sidelined Kids." We've demonstrated that when a school system adds even one adapted sports program, the overall physical and emotional health of their students with physical disabilities is positively affected, along with their academic performance.
OUR WINNING APPROACH
AAASP employs a competitive, cross-disability model that maximizes the number of students and types of disabilities who may be eligible for a single team.This approach has been a game changer–making the formation of local school teams possible at the district and regional level.
Listening, Learning and Leading with Partners like NFHS, NIAAA & FlagHouse
Award-Winning Best Practices for Education-Based Adapted Sports
Reinforcing Our Commitment to Developing & Sharing
We Provide the Rules, Training Videos & Teaching Aids
Utilizing its nationally honored model, in use since the 1996 Paralympic Games, and showcasing Georgia as its fully developed prototype, AAASP has led the way in removing barriers that had previously thwarted the full participation and inclusion of student athletes with physical disabilities in school athletics.
Taking It One Step at a Time
Professional Assistance: AAASP Workshops, Mentoring, Consulting and Implementation
AAASP assists national, state, and local educational agencies with research in developing a framework for phased adoption. This structured approach is then coupled with the AAASP comprehensive training program, which allows administrators, coaches and officials to acquire the knowledge they need to be successful. The result is managed adoption while ensuring a standard of excellence.
AAASP is proud to PARTNER with
National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)
National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAA)
GA Department of Education
Georgia High School Association (GHSA)
Florida High School Athletic Association
Voice America Talk Radio Network
Sports Talk @ PositivePub.com with Gil Tyree
Inclusive Fitness Coalition
Active Policy Solutions
The American Association of Adapted Sports Programs (AAASP) represents a standardized approach to interscholastic sports programming for students with physical disabilities. It’s a not-for-profit association dedicated to developing adapted interscholastic sport programs in partnership with national, state, and local educational agencies. This cooperative approach represents the most successful model for affording students with physical disabilities access to competitive sport.
AAASP’s mission is to expand and sustain a standardized structure for education-based athletic competition to improve the well-being of students with physical disabilities.
AAASP envisions a society where all children with physical disabilities can experience the rewards and satisfaction of competitive school-based sports.
Our Core Values
- Every young person with a physical disability should have an opportunity to participate in appropriate interscholastic athletic programs, thereby affording them the ability to achieve the same or similar known positive outcomes as their non-disabled peers. Such participation enhances health, improves academic achievement, enhances self-confidence, creates a sense of independence through goal setting and achievement, increases critical thinking skills, and improved socialization skills through team building.
- Any young person who participates in adapted sports programs should have the guidance of adults with proper sports training.
- The standardization of sports seasons, rules, policies, and ethical guidelines are essential to the long-term success of interscholastic adapted athletics.
- Continuous, stable, and quality extracurricular adapted athletic programs are possible only with the aid of solid governance, leadership and the commitment of educational agencies.