The Colorado Department of Education
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Special Education Information
A list of acronyms commonly used by the Colorado Department of
Every school district or Boards of Cooperative Educational Services
(BOCES) have professionals who are trained to evaluate children in a
variety of areas, including cognitive functioning, physical
functioning, hearing and vision, speech and language and social and
- Fast Facts
Find helpful information about Special Education topics.
Education Program (IEP)
Find the Colorado IEP forms, an overview of the special education
process and an IEP video for families and educators.
- Special Education Directors
List of the Special Education Directors for Administration Units (Districts) across Colorado.
- Specific Disabilities
Find specific information on the various disability categories as well as information about
physical or health conditions that may have a significant impact on a student's ability to
learn and result in an educational disability.
Transition Services - Parent Resources
CDE is committed to supporting comprehensive systems that ensure
positive post-school outcomes for all learners to be successful in
their adult lives.
2012-2013 Colorado Accommodations Manual
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scroll down. Note: The printable version of the manual is 182
The Colorado Accommodations Manual presents a five-step process for
Education Teams, Individualized Educational Program (IEP) Teams, 504
plan committees, general and special education teachers,
administrators, and other educational teams to use in the selection,
implementation, and an evaluation of instructional and assessment
Extended School Year (ESY) Services Guidance Manual (PDF),
Read an overview of Extended School Year Services for some Colorado
children and youth with disabilities.
Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)
English to Spanish Translation Glossary
This glossary was developed by the Region 1 Parent Technical
Assistance Center (SPAN) to ensure that educational terms related to
the implementation of IDEA, used in documents to promote parents'
authentic participation, are translated in a uniform and
comprehensible way, across states, geographical regions and
communities of Spanish speakers.
ESSU Responsibility Contacts (PDF), March 2013