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Multilingual Learners Identified or Suspected of Having Educational Disabilities



This webpage is designed to provide guidelines and resources for professionals and families supporting English Language Learners (a federal designation) who are also identified with or suspected of having educational disabilities also known as Dually Identified students. English Language Learners (ELLs) are identified as a subgroup of the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) population.

The appropriate referral, identification, and placement of learners who are Culturally and/or Linguistically Diverse is necessary to ensure students' civil rights as well as a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) aligned with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Resources, opportunities for training and workshops as well as links to other sources of information on this topic are available below.

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Regístrese en el servidor de listas de estudiantes multilingües con discapacidades.  Para pedir que lo/la registremos en el servidor de listas MLDB envíele un correo electrónico de Steven Dyer.

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A variety of learning opportunities, information, and resources are provided on this listserv. These materials do not represent an exhaustive list, nor are they required or endorsed by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). The identification or description is for the purpose of providing information and resources and does not constitute CDE's endorsement. Every effort has been made to identify the citation for the resource; please maintain the citation and/or authorship when adapting or modifying these materials.


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For more information, please contact:

Hunter Smith
Multilingual Learners with Educational Disabilities Specialist
Phone (720) 202-2523
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