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Disability Education Core Requirement

What is disability education?

As defined by PATH Intl., disability education is educational activities that provide the student with greater understanding of the physical, social, cognitive and/or behavioral impacts experienced by individuals with disabilities, mental health disorders or emotional trauma. The education received should help the instructor understand how to communicate with and more effectively instruct a wide range of EAAT participants in order to increase the efficacy of the learning environment.  

As part of continuing education core requirements, instructors should spend at least 6 hours each year focused on gaining in depth knowledge about disabilities and how components of disabilities manifest in the lives and activities of individuals with disabilities, mental health disorders or emotional trauma. The intent of these hours is to expand knowledge and strengthen the instructor’s ability to communicate with individuals with disabilities, thereby diversifying the tools PATH Intl. instructors possess to effectively serve a broader range of disabled populations.

What types of activities satisfy this core requirement?

Activities that satisfy this requirement should be formally organized events, day to day activities are not considered to further education.   Any type of informational event, training, conference, seminar, lunch and learn, clinics or workshops specifically intended to educate professionals about a disability (or multiple disabilities) effectively fulfills this requirement.  For example, activities such as a PATH Intl. center’s orientation regarding participants coming from a group home or a school for special needs would satisfy this requirement.  Additionally, PATH Intl. conference sessions or webinars specifically geared towards providing knowledge and awareness about disabilities are accepted.  Furthermore, many other professional organizations’ educational events are accepted, including but not limited to:
•    Disability related conferences/meetings (e.g., ADD, ADHD, autism, Down syndrome, learning disabilities, sensory processing, etc.)
•    Special Education conferences/meetings
•    Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy or Speech Language Pathology conferences/meetings
•    Veteran related education (emotional trauma, phantom limb syndrome, PTSD, traumatic brain injury, etc.)
•    Conferences/meetings on general mental health-related issues for adults and children
•    EAGALA unmounted disabilities workshops or clinics
The 6 hours of disability education are not required to be consecutive. Hours from many different activities may be combined to total 6 clock hours.
Please contact Kim Hall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1-800-369-7433, ext. 119 with questions regarding this core requirement.

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