Visit the Office of Special Education to learn more.
Visit the Office of Facility Schools to learn more.
Visit the Office of Gifted Education to learn more.
View the Colorado Department of Education’s Special Education Funding 2014-15 Report.
IEP Video – Spanish | CDE The following forms provide a literal transcript of the videos.
Getting Started: You Are Your Child’s Best Advocate
Getting started with the special education process can be daunting, but the right resources and support can help make it a little easier. Families are children’s best advocates! Click here to get the Special Education Toolkit
Forty years of research shows that the participation of families in their child’s education, through specific coordinating between home and school, results in improved outcomes (Jeynes, 2012). PEP Conferences are designed to promote family and school partnerships that are essential in supporting students with disabilities and their families in schools and the community. PEP brings parents and professionals together by sharing ideas, discussing concerns, celebrating successes and obtaining information related to parenting, educating and partnering to support student learning. PEP Conferences are offered at no cost to attendees.
A bill calling for full funding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was recently introduced in the House. “At the time of the passage of IDEA, the federal government committed to providing schools 40% of the excess cost of educating children with special needs. This commitment, however, has never been met and current funding for special education is at 16.1%,” said Oth…a Thornton, president of National PTA. “Full funding of IDEA is a key public policy priority of National PTA. Bipartisan leadership has introduced the IDEA Full Funding Act to ensure children with special needs have access to education and services that will enable them to reach their full potential.
The Colorado Department of Education is recommending changes to the Rules for the Administration of the Exceptional Children’s Educational Act (ECEA). The proposed changes to the Rules include amendments required by Colorado House Bill 14-1208 which amends the definition of administrative unit to include “multi-district administrative unit”; amendments which replace expired rules related to temporary educator eligibility authorization; and, amendments required by House Bill 14-1102 related to gifted education.
Additional Parent Resources & Colorado Specific Links
- Procedural Safeguards Notice (Spanish)
- Exceptional Children’s Educational Act
- Bully Prevention and Intervention for Students with Disabilities
- Behavior Topic Areas
- Professional Development Resources
- Know Your Rights: Disability Discrimination
- U.S. Department of Education: Reading Room
- Special Education Guidance Documents (CDE)
- ARC of Jefferson, Clear Creek, & Gilpin Counties
- The ARC Resources for Parents
- Where Do I Start? Disability Specific Resources
- Your Rights as a Parent
- IEP Eligibility
- Positive Behavioral Outcomes
- PACER Center: SPED, What do Parents Need to Know
- PACER Center: Ask a Question, Come Prepared!
- PACER Center: Understanding Present Level of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance Statement
- PACER Center: Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)
Understanding Federal Disability and Special Needs Policy
An overview of federal disability and special needs policies, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
Question & Answers
Locating Special Education Services in Your State
The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NDCCD): Provides a way for parents to search for special education resources by state.
Parent Training and Information Center(PTIC): PTICs help parents of children with disabilities to gain the knowledge and skills they need to be advocates for their children. The link will help you locate one in your state.
The Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers (the Alliance): A partnership of one national and six regional parent technical assistance centers, each funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). This system exists for the purpose of developing, assisting and coordinating parent training under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
The National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education
- Parent Dispute Resolution Resource Showcase
- Trends in Dispute Resolution
- IDEA Special Education Written State Complaints (Click here for Spanish)
- IDEA Special Education Mediation (Click here for Spanish)
- IDEA Special Education Due Process Complaints/Hearing Requests (Click here for Spanish)
- IDEA Special Education Resolution Meetings (Click here for Spanish)
- Individualized Education Program (IEP) Facilitation (Click here for Spanish)
- Steps to Success: Communicating with Your Child’s School (Other Viewing Options)
- Effective IEP Meetings: Tested Tips
- Facilitated IEP Meetings: An Emerging Practice
- Encouraging Meaningful Parent/Educator Collaboration: A Recent Review of Literature
- Educating Our Children Together: A Sourcebook for Effective Family-School-Community Partnerships
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Mediation
- Families and Schools: Resolving Disputes through Mediation
IDEA Legal, Regulatory and Guidance Resources
- Building the Legacy – IDEA 2004
- Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
- Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)
- The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-446)
- Searchable version of IDEA Statute
- IDEA Part B Federal Regulations (Code of Federal Regulations)
- August 14, 2006 and December 1, 2008 Federal Register (Part B Regulations and Comments)
- IDEA Part C Federal Regulations (Code of Federal Regulations)
- September 28, 2011 Federal Register (Part C Regulations and Comments)
Q&A and Non-regulatory Guidance:
- OSEP IDEA Non-regulatory Guidance Webpage
- OSEP Part C Non-regulatory Guidance (September 2011)
- OSEP Q&A on Part B Monitoring, Technical Assistance and Enforcement (June 2009)
- OSEP Q&A on Part B Procedural Safeguards and Due Process Procedures (June 2009)
- OSEP Part B Non-regulatory Guidance (December 2008)
- OSEP Dispute Resolution Process Comparison Chart (November 2013)
- OSERS & FPCO IDEA-FERPA Confidentiality Provisions Crosswalk (June 2014)
Click Here for a full listing of National Organizations providing supports and resources!
Click Here for a an overview of acronyms used in special education and disability policies and programs.
Click Here for more information on Preschool Special Education Services.
Gifted & Talented Resources
What is Giftedness?
Common Core State Standards, National Science Standards and Gifted Education
State Complaints Officers
State Dispute Resolution Coordinator
Tools for Families
- Autism Key
- Coping with Crisis-Helping Children with Special Needs
- The Dyslexia Solution Presents: Reading from Scratch
- Early Learning and Literacy Newsletter
- Educational Resources Information Center Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education (ERIC)
- E-Ready Special Education Information for Parents and Teachers
- Family & Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE)
- IDEA Early Childhood Policy and Practices Guide
- Identifying and Treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- National Library Service Talking Books
- No Child Left Behind: A Parent’s Guide
- Response to Intervention (RTI): A Primer for Parents
- Special Connections
- U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)
Autism Key: The Autism Friend Finder Program is a unique system that will allow visitors to submit basic contact information through a web-based portal. The data is then shared with anyone residing within a 35-mile radius of their postal zip code. The information will allow individuals facing similar challenges to connect with others in their community.
Coping with Crisis-Helping Children with Special Needs: A guide that provides parents and school personnel with tips on how to assist a student with special needs during a crisis.
The Dyslexia Solution Presents: Reading from Scratch: A complete, two-year phonics reading program for dyslectics. Also contains free information and tips.
Early Learning and Literacy Newsletter: The National Center for Learning Disabilities, Early Learning and Literacy newsletter highlights activities and tools from Get Ready to Read!, as well as features on transitioning to kindergarten, early math initiatives, education policy and research and the Recognition and Response model.
Educational Resources Information Center Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education (ERIC): A national clearinghouse featuring digests, bibliographies and a searchable database.
E-Ready Special Education Information for Parents and Teachers: Provides teachers and other education professionals with information and resources about teaching students with disabilities.
Family & Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE): Provides families, advocates and self-advocates with information about IDEA.
IDEA Early Childhood Policy and Practices Guide: This booklet assists early childhood general educators, early childhood special educators, related service providers, parents, administrators and others in understanding what IDEA now requires for young children with disabilities ages birth through five years old and their families.
Identifying and Treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder—A Resource for School and Home: This free online resource includes information on evaluations and school issues.
National Library Service Talking Books: A free library service available to U.S. residents and citizens living abroad whose low vision, blindness or physical handicap makes it difficult to read a standard printed page.
No Child Left Behind: A Parent’s Guide: Provides information about No Child Left Behind, including the main provisions of the law, answers to common questions and information on where to find additional resources. Spanish version also available.
Response to Intervention (RTI): A Primer for Parents: The National Association for School Psychologists has prepared this helpful guide for parents wanting to know more about RTI.
Special Connections: Connecting teachers to strategies that help students with special needs successfully access the general education curriculum.
Wrightslaw: Provides accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law and advocacy for children with disabilities.