Call for Papers | “The Americans with Disabilities Act 25th Anniversary: Assessing Opportunities, Challenges, & Progress”, Special Issue of Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport

President George Bush signing the ADA in 1990.
President George Bush signing the ADA in 1990.

To commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) the Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport (JLAS) is inviting submissions for a Special Issue, provisionally titled “The Americans with Disabilities Act 25th Anniversary: Assessing Opportunities, Challenges, & Progress,” to be co-edited by Dr. John Grady (J.D., PhD., Associate Professor of Sport and Entertainment Management, University of South Carolina & Member, Editorial Review Board, JLAS) and Anita M. Moorman (J.D., Professor of Sport Administration, University of Louisville & Member, Editorial Review Board, JLAS). This special issue is dedicated to examining the policy, managerial, sociological, and legal milestones that have shaped the ADA’s history and impact in sport, recreation, and physical activity settings, and to critically analyze the challenges that still lie ahead in order to more fully realize the ADA’s goals, including “full and equal enjoyment” of persons with disabilities into all aspects of society. The ADA is a landmark piece of legislation that has influenced the way persons with disabilities are treated in the United States. Similarly, the ADA has had tremendous influence on the way sport is conducted in the US and this special issue will focus on that influence. Submissions to this special issue may involve scholarship targeting any of the multitude of applications of the ADA in sport, recreation, and physical activity (e.g., facility and event management, sport or recreation participation, employment, spectatorship).

Possible topics and questions to be explored in this Special Issue (utilizing legal, quantitative, or qualitative methods) could include (but are not limited to):

    • Jurisprudential or policy trends in disability law as applied in sport, recreation, or physical activity
    • Historical or sociological analysis regarding full and equal inclusion of people with disabilities into sport and society
    • Analysis of judicial decisions, recent legislation, or administrative guidelines related to participation opportunities for persons with disabilities
    • Facility and event management issues involving spectators, including inclusive and universal design
    • The influence of the ADA in the development or expansion of international disability rights and the influence of international disability laws on the United States
    • Policy and legal issues related to the operation and governance of Paralympic sport organizations
    • Risk management and safety issues associated with persons with disabilities as participants, spectators, and/or employees
    • Policy and advocacy issues impacting sport organizations, including disability sport organizations

The Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport is the official publication of the Sport and Recreation Law Association. JLAS endeavors to publish submissions that are of the highest scholarly quality and rigor that can inform policy, advance the body of knowledge, and influence decision-making through the analyses and application of legal issues (including appropriate case law) to sport, recreation, and related fields. JLAS serves as an interdisciplinary outlet for researchers, academicians, practitioners, and policymakers. For more in-depth information, please visit for Authors submission guidelines.

When preparing manuscripts for submission, JLAS authors must follow the guidelines of the 2009 Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) or The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, 19th Edition. Authors are required to submit their articles electronically via Manuscript Central at

Important Dates: Submission deadline, August 1, 2015; publication date, February 2016.

Please feel free to contact the co-editors of the special issue to discuss potential topics.

  • John Grady, J.D., Ph.D. University of South Carolina Email: Tel: 803-777-9327
  • Anita M. Moorman, J.D. University of Louisville Email: Tel: 502-852-0553
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