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Disability Parking Permit: The Physical Therapists' Role

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Date Published

August 5, 2019


Minnesota APTA


Disability Parking Permits


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The Minnesota Chapter of APTA worked this session to pass legislation that authorizes PT's to prescribe Disability Parking permits, beginning August 1, 2019. As a key part of a patient's recovery, the PT is in a perfect position to recommend and prescribe a disability parking permit. Taking on this role can save the patient time, effort and money as well as free up time for the surgeon/medical professional and reduce the administrative burden. As PT's begin to take on this responsibility, we want to make sure they are equipped with the knowledge of how to do this. We at the MNPTA worked with the MN Council on Disability and the MN Department of Public Safety to better understand the correct procedures so that we can help PT's stay within the guidelines of who is eligible for permits and what length of time they can be allowed. This course will train the PT to thoroughly assess and appropriately prescribe the disability parking permit for their patients.

Course Objectives:

  • Understand the laws and requirements governing disability parking in Minnesota
  • Define the conditions that qualify for a disability parking certificate or license plate
  • Determine the process of certifying an applicant/patient for disability parking
  • Explore frequently asked questions of the certification process

    This course fulfills the MN Board of PT requirement for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants for 1 credit hour of continuing education. Students and other professionals are welcome to view this course but will not qualify for credit.

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    Margot Imdieke Cross
    Accessibility Specialist

    Margot Imdieke Cross has been with the Minnesota Council on Disability (MCD) for over 30 years, and holds the position of... Read More

    Erin Simunds
    MS, PT

    Erin Simunds is an Instructor in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at Concordia University – St. Paul. She possesses... Read More

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    Program Titles and Supporting Materials

    This program contains the following components:

    Disability Parking Permit - Handout
    Disability Parking Permit - Video
    Evaluation Codes Quick Guide - Handout
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    How to Attend

    Join the self-paced program from your office, home, or hotel room using a computer and high speed internet connection. You may start and stop the program at your convenience, continue where you left off, and review supporting materials as often as you like. Please note: Internet Explorer is no longer a supported browser. We recommend using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari for best results.

    Technical Requirements
    You may access this course on a computer or mobile device with high speed internet (iPhones require iOS 10 or higher). Recommended browsers are Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

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