Eligibility for Athletes with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

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

Criteria for Virtus (formerly Inas) & Paralympic Sport Classes

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Select the class below to view a detailed list of criteria.

  • II1-Intellectual Impairment Virtus/Paralympic Sport Class

    II1- Virtus/Paralympic* Eligibility Criteria for Athletes with Intellectual and Developmental Disability
    This class also includes athletes with Autism who meet the IQ and Adaptive criteria below. In order to compete in events organized by Virtus (formerly 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 (Must be *WISC, WAIS, Stanford-Binet or Raven)
    2. Significant limitations in Adaptive Behavior (Vineland, ABAS, AAMR or Other)
    3. Onset before age 18

    *Note, the shortened WASI  is not considered primary IQ evidence by Inas.

    The three Paralympic sports that required Inas eligibility for Intellectual Impairment are Swimming (S14), Table Tennis (Class 11), and Track & Field (T20/F20).

  • II2-Down Syndrome Inas Sport Class

    II2-Virtus 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

  • II3-Autism+ Inas Sport Class (IQ 76 Higher)

    II3 Virtus Eligibility Criteria for Athletes with Autism who do not meet the criteria above for Intellectual Impairment (IQ 76 or higher)
    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). Athletes with Autism and IQ of 75 or below will compete in II1 Group.

Athlete Eligibility Application (3 Steps)

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

NOTE: If athletes are getting require new testing for eligibility download our  RESOURCES FOR PSYCHOLOGISTS to your testing provider for guidance. If you are not sure if new testing is needed please complete the application and submit what existing assessments you already have and we will let you know.

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 Virtus (formerly 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 Licenses & Classification

After an athlete has been endorsed nationally by Athletes Without Limits and confirmed Internationally by Virtus (formerly Inas) as meeting the II1 Intellectual Impairment eligibility criteria, S14 Swimmers and T20/F20 Track & Field athletes who have met a U.S. Paralympics emerging Team qualifying time should apply for a Paralympic License (25$/year). This allows athletes in contention for high-level competition and U.S. Paralympic Team selection to begin 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 status in timer for U.S. Paralympic Team Trials.