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Adaptive Physical Education FAQ for Principals

In New York State, all elementary and secondary students must receive physical education (PE) as a part of their educational program. The federal law Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA, enacted by Congress in 1975) entitles all students with disabilities to receive a free, appropriate public education, including appropriate PE. Adaptive Physical Education (APE) is vitally important to the quality of life for students with disabilities. APE is developmentally appropriate PE. APE teachers adapt, modify, and/or change a physical activity so that it is as appropriate for the person with a disability as it is for a person without a disability.

APE is centrally coordinated by the Office of School Wellness Programs (OSWP), which provides elementary schools with an allocation for each APE teacher’s salary and oversight of each teacher’s schedule.

To review  frequently asked questions for principals, click here. For more information from the APE team, email