Special Artist

Special Artist Official RulesStar


SPECIAL ARTIST ELIGIBILITY. The National PTA Special Artist Division is an option for students with disabilities who receive services under IDEA or ADA: Section 504 to have the opportunity and
accommodations they may need in order to participate fully in the program. The Special Artist Division offers modified rules and guidelines to ensure that every student has the chance to be part of the National PTA
Reflections® program.

Who qualifies as a disabled individual under the law? The
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines an individual with a
disability as a person who: (1) Has a physical or mental impairment
that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of
that person; (2) Has a record of such an impairment; or (3) Is
regarded as having such impairment.

HOW TO ENTER. Students who identify as having a disability have
two ways to enter the National PTA Reflections® Program. All students
may enter in only one division. Student Entry Form requires
parent/legal guardian signatures.

Option 1. Enter in Grade-Level Divisions: Regardless of age,
students with special needs may enter in the grade division most
closely aligned to their functional abilities. Students may not receive
assistance other than that which is allowed for all children. The
divisions are as follows: Primary (preschool – grade 2); Intermediate
(grades 3-5); Middle School (grades 6-8); High School (grades 9-
12). Students are recognized and awarded prizes as part of the
general student population without regard to special needs or
challenges.

Option 2. Enter in Special Artist Division: Eligible students
entering the Special Artist Division create their own artwork, but
may receive non-artistic accommodation and assistance from an
adult. Students are recognized and awarded prizes as part of the
Special Artist Division.

SPECIAL ARTIST GUIDELINES
.Special artists should follow the
general rules and guidelines outlined in the arts category student rules
specific to their submissions, modified only by accommodations for
individuals with disabilities. The accommodation, in general, should be
both specific and limited to the student’s disability.

Allowable Accommodations: Given the diverse range of physical
and mental disabilities that exist, it would be impossible to outline