Description of the occupation

The educational operator for autonomy and communication is a figure functional to the learning processes and the inclusion of the student with disabilities or in disadvantaged conditions, who intervenes to strengthen their skills in areas such as autonomy and management of cognitive and relational aspects, from a non-welfare point of view with respect to the deficit, but aimed at the development of the recipient’s skills and of all the actors in school processes for inclusion. The Operator integrates his own activity with that of other figures (curricular teachers, support teachers and staff), not overlapping tasks and functions, but enhancing the different areas of competence.

Personal traits and competences

The operator has the following competences:

  • Fundamentals of psycho-pedagogy
  • Fundamentals of developmental psychology
  • Fundamentals of learning psychology
  • Fundamentals of special pedagogy
  • Elements of sociology
  • Principles and methods of peer mediated intervention
  • Types and characteristics of the different pathologies and disabilities: sensory, motor, functional, psychic deficits
  • Principles and techniques of communication (relationship and interaction communication models..)
  • Educational planning techniques (special individualized paths)
  • Institutional and regulatory framework on disability and integration
  • Regulatory framework on primary and secondary education
  • Elements of anti-discrimination law and practice
  • Notions of anatomy
  • Principles of the clinic of pathologies
  • Types of life-saving drugs and notions of first aid
  • Methodologies and techniques of the helping relationship

Technical knowledge and skills

Upon graduating, the EO is able to:

Employment prospects

Overall employment the sector is projected to grow 6 percent from 2021 to 2031.

Working conditions

The operator works mainly in schools to strengthen the autonomy of the student with disabilities or at a disadvantage, in daily work, in participation in educational activities within the school and in the enjoyment of the territory. To create excellent working conditions that have positive returns for both the operator and the assisted, it is necessary to know how to create an effective communication channel to the benefit of the disabled student between family, other students, teachers, school staff and school manager. The communication channel must be functional to the strengthening of the autonomy and the learning process of the assisted, but also to the supervision and compliance with health and safety standards for the benefit and protection not only of the student, but also of the operator himself.


It is necessary to follow and complete an ad hoc training course, thanks to which the person concerned to work as an educational operator for autonomy and communication can obtain a certificate of professional qualification, valid throughout the national territory.

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