DENVER, COLO. — In early 2017, the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) launched an outreach campaign for special education teachers to heighten awareness of EAAT and the crucial role PATH Intl. Member Centers and Professionals play in the industry. Through education, the objective is to facilitate connections between special education teachers and their local PATH Intl. Centers and Professionals to have them consider EAAT a viable activity for their students.

"EAAT and IEPs — Opening the Gate to Collaboration" is part of a free three-part series presented by PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor and University of Oklahoma Zarrow Center for Learning Enrichment doctoral scholar Andrea Suk, M.S.Ed.

Topics covered in the live Oct. 16, webinar included trends, goals, policies and terminology to help facilitate the connection to local schools and special educators. The webinar was recorded and is available in the PATH Intl. online store, free of charge Pathintl.org.

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The next two webinars in the series, also presented by Suk, will include ideas for connecting with special education students and connecting with special education teachers. Dates to be announced soon. Pathintl.org for other webinars and online learning opportunities.

PATH Intl. has also created a resource page on its website for special educators.

About PATH Intl.:

The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International(r) (PATH Intl.(r)) was formed in 1969 to promote safety and optimal outcomes in equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) for individuals with special needs. At 881 member centers, more than 66,000 children and adults, including 6,200 veterans, may find improved health, wellness and a sense of pride, independence and fun through involvement with horses. Therapeutic horsemanship at member centers may include hippotherapy, equine-facilitated mental health, driving, interactive vaulting, trail riding, competition, ground work and stable management. Through a wide variety of educational resources, the association helps individuals start and maintain successful EAAT programs. There are nearly 62,500 volunteers, 5,011 instructors, 7,800 equines and thousands of contributors from all over the world helping people at PATH Intl. Member Centers.

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