Adaptive Physical Education (APE)
Is the art and science of developing, implementing, and monitoring a carefully designed Physical Education Instructional program for a learner with a disability, based on a comprehensive assessment, to give the learner the skills necessary for a lifetime of rich leisure, recreation, and sport experiences to enhance physical fitness and wellness.
Adapted physical education generally refers to school-based programs for students receiving Special Services.
Federal law mandates that physical education be provided to students with disabilities. Physical Education is defined as the development of physical and motor skills, fundamental motor skills and patterns, skills in aquatics, dance and individual and group games and sports; including intramural and lifetime sports.