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Office of Special Education


About the Office of Special Education

This site/office is a resource to 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 under the Exceptional Student Services Unit (along with the Office of Facility Schools and the Office of Gifted Education). 

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What's New

Writing Standards-Aligned Advanced Learning Plans (ALPs) and Individualized Education Programs (IEPs): A Supplemental Guidance Document for Designing Effective Formal Educational Plans, December 2014

This guidance document is a collaborative effort of the Offices of Special Education, Gifted Education and Family/School Partnerships to provide information for the field about designing effective formal educational plans aligned with the Colorado Academic Standards.

2014-2015 Colorado Instructional Accommodations Manual
The Colorado Instructional Accommodations Manual provides guidance for IEP Teams and educators, presents a Five-Step Process for the selection and implementation of instructional accommodations. It offers tools and suggestions for using technology for students with a disability to best access instructional context.

Parents Encouraging Parents (PEP) Conferences for 2014-2015

  • February 5-7, 2015 - Fort Collins, CO
  • April 30-May 2, 2015 - Location TBD

Most Popular Pages (October 2014)

  • Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD)
  • IEP Forms
  • Speech or Language Impairment (SLI)
  • Programs and Services
  • Disability Categories


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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