How many times have you watched the news or a special report and thought, “I could have told them that!” Sometimes the experts we seek are right under our noses if we would only look.
PATH Intl. wanted to identify an audience that could help us get the word out about equine-assisted activities and therapies, an audience that might be out there thinking, “I could have told them that!” After much discussion with a random selection of PATH Intl. Member Center Executive Directors, we discovered that special education teachers are that audience. They work with students with many of the same challenges served at PATH Intl. Member Centers, and they frequently refer students to centers for services. To date, they have been a largely untapped demographic.
Are you thinking, “I could have told you that?” Great! You did, and we listened. PATH Intl. has formed a work group of members who are special education teachers to identify ways to reach this population. We could use your help.
PATH Intl. has established a Special Education Outreach Campaign for the purpose of outreach and collaboration with this population. The campaign will help centers connect locally with special education teachers and will help PATH Intl. Certified Professionals learn more about classroom objectives.
This is a brand new campaign, so your gift is essential and much appreciated. Click here to donate to PATH Intl.
Nelson Mandela said that education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world. Combine education with the transformational power of the horse and we will change the lives of those who need it most.
The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International® (PATH Intl.®) was formed in 1969 to promote safety and optimal outcomes in equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) for individuals with special needs. At 877 member centers, more than 62,400 children and adults, including 5,500 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 55,000 volunteers, 4,846 instructors, 7,546 equines and thousands of contributors from all over the world helping people at PATH Intl. Member Centers.