Schools have to accept the disabled on their teams. Sports are a civil right for disabled, US says - Yahoo! News Federal laws, including the 1973 Rehabilitation Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, require states to provide a free public education to all students and bans schools that receive federal funds from discriminating against students with disabilities. Going further, the new directive from the Education Department's civil rights division explicitly tells schools and colleges that access to interscholastic, intramural and intercollegiate athletics is a right. Title XI destroyed many school sports programs. This might just finish them off.