Physically Impaired (PI)
Physically Impaired (PI) is a low incidence disability area that is represented by approximately 1% of all students in Minnesota receiving special education services. PI is defined as a medically diagnosed, chronic physical impairment - either congenital or acquired - that may adversely affect physical or academic functioning and result in the need for special education and related services (MN Rule 3525.1337).
Physical/Health Disabilites (P/HD) Licensure
In Minnesota, teachers licensed in the area of Physical/Health Disabilities (P/HD) provide consultation and services to students who qualify under the PI category. A professional manual and other helpful resources are available at no cost.
A number of regional and statewide networks have been developed to assist and support professionals in this field, including the Professional Statewide P/HD Network.
P/HD Tuition Support and Coaching
A P/HD Tuition Support Program has been created to assist graduate-level students who are pursuing P/HD licensure, and a Statewide Professional Coaching Program to support P/HD teachers who are new to the field. Find more information on these and other regional and state resources on the resources page.