Eligibility for Athletes with Intellectual and Developmental Disability

Visit our US Athlete Master List for a list of Eligible Athletes.

Criteria for Inas & Paralympic Sport Classes

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  • Intellectual Disability Inas/Paralympic Sport Class

    Inas/Paralympic* Eligibility Criteria for Athletes with Intellectual and Developmental Disability
    In order to compete in events organized by Inas or Paralympics athletes must complete an eligibility application to provide evidence of intellectual disability based on three main criteria:

    1. IQ of 75 or below (Weschler/WISC/WAIS, Stanford-Binet or Raven)
    2. Significant limitations in Adaptive Behavior (Vineland, ABAS or Other)
    3. Onset before age 18

    *The three Paralympic sports that required Inas eligibility for ID are Swimming (S14), Table Tennis, Track & Field (T20/F20)

  • Down Syndrome Inas Sport Class

    Inas Eligibility Criteria for Athletes With Additional Impairment/Down Syndrome
    This class is for athlete’s who have Additional Impairment/Down Syndrome. Following a trial period these guidelines may change. Athletes should provide documentation that shows the following:

    1. Diagnosis of Down Syndrome including type (e.g. Trisomy 21)
    [Note: beginning in 2019 athletes with Mosiac Down Syndrome will compete in the II1 class for Intellectual Disability and should complete the application requirements for that Sports Class] 
    2. Atlanto-Axial Instability status as either clear or asymptomatic
    3. Athletes with Mosaic Down Syndrome must also provide evidence of intellectual disability

  • High Functioning Autism Inas Sport Class

    Inas Eligibility Criteria for Athletes with High Functioning Autism+
    This class if for athletes with Autism who do not meet the eligibility criteria for Intellectual Impairment above.  Following a trial period these guidelines may change. Athletes should provide the following documentation:

    1. A formal diagnosis of Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Asperger’s syndrome carried out by a qualified practitioner using accepted diagnostic techniques.
    2. Does not meet IQ or Adaptive criteria for Intellectual Disability Class above (for example IQ is over 75).

Athlete Eligibility Application (3 Steps)

Download the US Inas Athlete Application using the button below, the application contains all necessary instructions for emailing us your eligibility application.

Coaches Survey for Basketball, Cycling, Equestrian, Rowing, Skiing, Taekwondo, Tennis, Table Tennis
Coaches Survey for Swimming
Coaches Survey for Track & Field

Use the link below to make a secure online payment of the application fee, which includes both the Athletes Without Limits and Inas eligibility application fees.

Enter Athletes Name:

Note on Athletes Requiring Medication (All  Sports)

Athletes who require a medication found on the current Prohibited Drug List will need to apply for permission to compete while taking the medication called a Therapeutic Drug Use Exemption or (TUE). We will review the medications you provided in your eligibility application and will let you know if further paperwork is needed. Learn more about the anti-doping policy on our Drug Testing & Medication page.

Note on Paralympic Sports-Specific Licenses & Classification

After completing the eligibility paperwork showing intellectual disability with Athletes Without Limits and getting confirmation of International eligibility from Inas, we will assist athletes who wish to enter Paralympic events in Swimming, Table Tennis or Track & Field with obtaining Paralympic’s licensing (25$/year) and additional sport-specific classification requirements that involve testing and observation while at Paralympic-sanctioned events. Athletes go from “N” New to “R” Review to “C” Confirmed Paralympics status as they complete these Paralympic requirements.