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Exceptional Children's Educational Act (ECEA) defines "Twice-exceptional" as:

A student who is:

(a) Identified as a gifted student pursuant to Section 12.01(9) of these Rules; and 12.01(30)(b)(1) Identified as a child with a disability pursuant to Section 4.02 of ECEA Rules; or
(b)  A qualified individual pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C.A. §794. [12.01(30)]


Twice-exceptional (2e) students are gifted students with disabilities.  The Twice-Exceptional Project is a collaboration between the Offices of Gifted Education and Special Education providing statewide professional learning around identification and support of twice-exceptional students.


Twice-exceptional students are difficult to identify and support because they possess the characteristics of gifted students and the characteristics of students with disabilities. Gifted characteristics may mask disabilities, or disabilities may mask gifted potential; either students’ strengths, disabilities, or both may not be identified.  This difficulty in identifying and supporting twice-exceptional students can put them at risk of having their academic or social-emotional needs misunderstood or go unnoticed. 

Resources for Twice-exceptional Education

Twice-Exceptional (2e) Listserv

The Colorado 2e Project listserv shares professional development and training opportunities and provides information including current trends, research, and ongoing topics of interest related to twice-exceptionality. The purpose of this network is to facilitate connections, awareness, and access to information, learning opportunities, and resources that will better the lives of gifted students with disabilities and benefit the families, communities, and professionals who support them. Sharing of information is encouraged; however, it is at the discretion of the CDE what information will be posted. This service is chat-free and does not include advertisements from vendors or contract-based companies. To subscribe to the CO-2e Listserv, please follow the directions below. 

Join the CO-2e Listserv

To subscribe to the CO-2e Project listserv:

  • To subscribe, send an email with “subscribe 2eproject” in the subject to 
  • You will receive a confirmation email. You will not be added until you respond to this email.
  • If you have a problem, try using “plain” text or check with the technology people in your district.

To unsubscribe from the CO-2e listserv: 

  • Open a new email.
  • In the “To” field, type the email and send the message.
  • In the body of the message write, “unsubscribe 2eproject.”
  • You will automatically be unsubscribed.

Listserv Disclaimer:

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.


For more information about the Twice-Exceptional Education please contact:
Cynthia Rundquist,  

Note: If you are not able to access the resources or need additional support, please contact the Office of Gifted Education Program Administrator.