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Learners who are Culturally and/or Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Suspected of Having Educational Disabilities

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 aligned with the individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Resources, opportunities for trainings and workshops as well as links to other sources of information on this topic are available below.


Resources at the Colorado Department of Education



CLD Toolkit

Upon review of the CLD Toolkit in early 2015, a few topics were determined to be out of date and have been removed.  However, the bulk of the existing information will continued to aid educators in the field as they strive to meet the needs of their students.  This Trainer-of-Trainers version will remain in place until a complete redesign of the delivery system and revitalization of the resources has been completed - a more engaging, interactive, and individual-driven Toolkit.  Please click on the image below for a preview of the Toolkit redesign, which is expected to be complete in 2016.

To begin using the current Toolkit version:

  1. Watch the CLD Toolkit Utilization Video prior to downloading the zipped Toolkit folders.
  2. Download the zipped Toolkit files

PowerPoint Presentations

For more information, please contact:

Fran Herbert

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