Adaptive Physical Education (APE) is a part of the comprehensive program offered through special education services. In keeping with the district philosophy, the Adaptive Physical Education Program strives to provide each student with an opportunity to develop skills and understanding through a variety of exercise, sport, and leisure activities that will serve them throughout their life.
While physical education may have many definitions, the definition as it applies specifically to students who have disabilities, appears in the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (PL 94-142) and later within the Individuals with Disabilities Act (PL 101-476). Here, physical education is defined as follows:
The term physical education means development of: (A) physical and motor fitness; (B) fundamental motor Skills and patterns; and (C) skills in aquatics, dance, individual and group games and sports (including intramural and lifetime sports). (Federal Register 1977, 42480)