Homebound Instruction is a Special Education Service Too! Where Does Adapted Physical Education Fit In?



Home setting, family engagement, collaboration


Children serviced under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA, 2004) receive special education services within the least restrictive environment based upon their strengths and needs. As such, children may receive services in a general education or more specialized setting. For some, they require an even more restrictive environment based upon their medical and physical needs, which is a homebound setting. Homebound instruction is a special education service that occurs in a child’s home, hospital, or institution. Guidelines have been provided as it relates to special education, but none have been specified to adapted physical education (APE). Therefore, the purpose of this article is to provide procedures for APE teachers to service children through homebound instruction.

Author Biography

Adam Forbes, University of Virginia

Adam Forbes, CAPE, is a doctoral student in the Kinesiology for Individuals with Disabilities (KID) Program at the University of Virginia. Adam served as an adapted physical educator (APE) in Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia, where he provided homebound APE instruction as well as within the public-school setting


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