Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Kinesiology & Public Health Education


The main purpose of this study was to determine how many secondary schools of public instruction in the Province -f Ontario were providing adapted physical education classes for their handicapped students. Questionnaires were sent out to 244 secondary schools and 174, or 70.0 percent, were returned. There were 20 questionnaires that were unusable because no information was provided by the respondent.

Areas surveyed were characteristics, facilities, qualifications of teachers, and the use of the medical profession in establishing adapted physical education programs.

The results indicated that:

1. Ontario Secondary Schools of public instruction are not meeting the psychological, sociological and physical needs of all their students .

2 . The large percentage of physical educators in Ontario lack foundation courses in adapted physical education techniques.

3 . The physical educators who are responsible for the construction of adapted physical education courses do not use all resource people available.

4. The acquisition of equipment, facilities and time might be facilitated if there were better relationships between administrators, school boards and teachers .

5 . There is a general lack of understanding among the physical educators in regard to the needs of the handicapped student.

6. It was believed by a substantial majority that an adapted physical education program would be instrumental in the development of co-ordination, personality and physical abilities of the handicapped student.