Madigan and Callahan v. Illinois High School Association, 12-cv-3758 (N.D. Illinois May 16, 2012)
In 2012, the Office of the Illinois Attorney General, and then 16-year old Mary Kate Callahan (represented by Equip for Equality), brought a lawsuit against the Illinois High School Association seeking equal opportunities for high school athletes with disabilities. Mary Kate was a star athlete and member of her high school team, but due to IHSA’s qualifying standards, she was unable to advance to competitions.
Mary Kate settled her individual case in 2012, and the Illinois Attorney General settled in 2015.
Under the settlement agreements, IHSA will:
• Have four swimming events for students with disabilities
• Create a new wheelchair division for track and field
• Modify qualifying standards for swimming/diving, track/field
• Change terms and conditions so that student athletes with disabilities can earn points for their teams
• Create new policies and practices for accommodations
• Appoint ADA coordinator to review all accommodation requests
Last updated: May 11, 2018