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Office of Special Education

About the Office of Special Education

This office administers both the state's Exceptional Children’s Educational Act (ECEA) and the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for children with disabilities.  This website is a resource for teachers, administrators, and parents of students with exceptional educational needs due to disability, or learners who are culturally and/or linguistically diverse or have some other special need. The Office of Special Education is one of three offices within the Exceptional Student Services Unit (along with the Office of Facility Schools and the Office of Gifted Education).

Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind (CSDB) - Town Hall Meetings

CSDB in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) is conducting a program review. As part of this review, CSDB and CDE are seeking input from various stakeholders regarding their perceptions of the school. They will be held in Adams County, Grand Junction and Colorado Springs, please see the flyers below for information on dates, times and locations.

Town Hall for the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind - Adams County (pdf)

Town Hall for Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind - Grand Junction (pdf)

Town Hall for the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind - Colorado Springs (pdf)

What's New

Colorado's IDEA Part B application for FFY 2019

The Colorado Department of Education is making available for public review and comment the following proposed document:  (1) The State of Colorado’s Part B Application for grant funding under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act for federal fiscal year 2019.  This document is available online at .  Hard copies of the proposed document may be requested by calling Kim Boylan at (303) 866-6690.  Written comments will be accepted until 5:00 pm Monday, May 13, 2019. Send written comments to Kim Boylan, Colorado Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services Unit, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1100, Denver, CO  80202-5149, by fax to (303) 866-3808, or by email to

Building Resiliency for Suicide and Substance Abuse Prevention

Date:  March 15, 2019

2019 Transition Leadership Institute (TLI) - Save the Date!

Date(s):  June 12-14, 2019


Colorado Autism Conference 2019

Partnering for Potential

Date(s):  June 4-6, 2019

Registration for the first statewide autism conference is now open.

Click here to learn more!

Ways to Search this Site

  1. You can use the Google Search box (only searches CDE) at the top right side of the webpage and type in what you are looking for.
    Image of Google Search Box on CDE Website
  2. You can use our Topic Index - alphabetical list of topics for the Office of Special Education.

If you have problems finding something and/or questions about our website, please contact our Web Coordinator and be sure to copy the URL into the email to reference the page with the problem.


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Contact Us

Colorado Dept. of Education
201 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-866-6600
Fax: 303-830-0793
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CDE Hours
Mon - Fri 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
See also: Licensing Hours

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