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COVID-19 and Special Education

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COVID-19 resources for special education

Training and information is available in various formats noted below.  Please note that these training workshops are reserved first for Colorado School District and Administrative Unit personnel who work directly with children with autism spectrum disorders and parents of those children. All other reservations have been added to the waiting list and you will be notified at the registration deadline if there are open spaces.


Orange Arrow Pointing Right  Face-to-Face

This is a list of trainings requiring attendance in person.

ASD Literacy Institute, Tier 1


This statewide institute will be conducted by nationally recognized experts on literacy and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Dr. Christi Carnahan and Dr. Pam Williamson. The institute content will focus on a balanced approach to literacy including instruction in phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and writing. Each aspect of literacy will be linked to the unique cognitive, social, and communication issues inherent in ASD. Assessment strategies will include an overall estimation of the students' literacy abilities from interactive to independent, which will help teachers determine what additional literacy assessments may be needed to inform instruction. Measures of student outcomes and teacher outcomes will be incorporated into the project, developed by the presenters in conjunction with the CDE autism consultants.


Each team member must commit to attend each full day of the training in BOTH October and March. Substitution of team members will not be allowed. If a participant does not honor this attendance requirement, he or she will not receive the CDE 32 hour certificate of attendance. Clock hour certificates will not be prorated to time in the course. There will be an additional option for participants to have virtual coaching from the presenters for additional clock hours for a virtual project identified during the institute.


Tier 1 Literacy Institute Application for Registration

Each team member must register individually. There will be space on the registration form where you will be required to include the names of your teammates who are also registering individually. There is a limit to the number of participants who can attend so please register accordingly.  A wait list will be started if the maximum is reached.

**Please Note** The application for registration will close on October 9, 2019 at 5pm.


October 23 & 24, 2019 AND March 10th & 11, 2020


Durango, CO

More Information

View ASD Literacy Institute, Tier 1 informational flyer for more information.

Educational Identification of Autism

This 2-day Toolkit training has been developed to support districts in the development of understanding how to identify students having an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with evaluation tools using a body of evidence in an educational setting (without using the ADOS).

Topics covered include:

  • How to develop an evaluation plan that meets the triad of characteristics of ASD across the full spectrum
  • Colorado numbers and trends for identification
  • Identification of girls with ASD
  • Frequently Asked Questions about Educational Identification

View ASD Educational Identification Flyer to learn more! 


Communication Toolkit

This two day training is in response to feedback from administrators and teachers/service providers working with students with ASD. Participants must come with a student(s) in mind, along with a basic summary of the student's current communication skill levels. We will use these individual student profiles during training. 

See ASD Communication Toolkit Flyer for more details.

Orange Arrow Pointing Right  Tri-State Webinar Series - Upcoming

The Colorado Department of Education is partnering with the Kansas TASN Autism and Tertiary Behavior Supports Group and the Nebraska Autism Spectrum Disorders Network to bring a comprehensive series of webinar trainings to their educators, families, and related service professionals.

Picture: Logo for Tri-State Autism Collaborative

All webinars are offered on the day scheduled:

2:30pm – 3:15pm MT

Picture: Flyer for Tri-State Webinars 2018-2019
(Click on above image to see the flyer for all upcoming 2019-2020 Tri-State Webinars)

Fall Webinars

September 11, 2019
Presented by Ruth Aspy, Ph.D.
September 18, 2019
September 25, 2019
Presented by Ashley Meyer M.Ed. BCBA, and Meggin Funk CCC-SLP

October 2, 2019
Presented by Ashley Meyer M.Ed. BCBA, and Meggin Funk CCC-SLP
October 9 , 2019
Push to Open: A Quick Guide to UDL Strategies for Supporting Learners with ASD
Presented by Lisa Combs, M.A.
October 23, 2019
Presented by Lindy McDaniel, M.S. Ed.

December 4, 2019
How Do Motivating Operations Effect Behavior in the Classroom?
Presented by Teri McGill M.Ed., BCBA, Beth Klootwyk, Ed.S., and Amber Wicherski M.Ed

Spring Webinars

January 15, 2020
Communication: A vital tool to build student success - Part 1
Presented by Ashley Meyer M.Ed. BCBA, and Meggin Funk CCC-SLP
January 22, 2020
Communication: A vital tool to build student success - Part 2
Presented by Ashley Meyer M.Ed. BCBA, and Meggin Funk CCC-SLP
January 29, 2020
ASD Identification within Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations
Presented by Bryn Harris, Ph.D., Associate Professor , University of Colorado Denver

February 5, 2020
Post-Secondary Education and ASD
Presented by Marc Ellison, Ed. D.
February 19, 2020
Presented by Jodi LeGray & Kelly Tousley
March 4, 2020

March 11, 2020
April 22, 2020
Evidence Based Practices During Daily Routines Ages 0-3
Presented by Annette Wragge M.Ed., BCBA and Teri McGill M.Ed., BCBA
May 13, 2020
Educational Identification Case Study: ASD, SED or Both
Presented by Susan Hepburn, Ph.D. Colorado State University

Other Training Opportunities

Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) Online Training Opportunity

This 40+ hour readiness training is a free, self-directed, online training which fulfills the Behavior Analyst Certification Board's (BACB) eligibility training requirements toward attaining a Registered Behavior TechnicianTM (RBTTM) credential. Please note this course is for staff or families working/living in Colorado,
Dates: May 10th, 2020 – November 16th, 2020

*Please Note the registration for this session is at capacity and has closed

More information regarding the May 10th, 2020 – November 16th, 2020, 2020 RBT Online Training Opportunity

Frequently Asked Questions regarding the RBT Course

New Training Opportunity: Online Para-Educator Training

Due to the high demand of the RBT course, the Kansas Technical Assistance Network created a training geared toward para-educators who want further training on behavior and instructional strategies, but are NOT seeking the RBT credential. The content is based on information covered in the RBT course. If you simply want more information around behavior and instructional strategies, but do NOT want/need the RBT credential, please take this course.

About the Para-Educator Training:

  • You do NOT have to apply for this course, and can create account at the link below and begin taking modules at any time.
  • There is no timeline for completing the course. You can complete content whenever is convenient for you.
  • The course is completely free.
  • You will receive a certificate of completion for 7-8 contact hours.
  • This course does NOT meet BACB requirements for the 40 hour RBT training.

Online Para-Educator Training

Culturally and Linguistically Responsive ASD Educational Identification

This workshop will provide school professionals with advanced training pertaining to considerations regarding ASD assessment practices when working with traditionally underserved children, including children that are economically vulnerable, racially/ethnically diverse, linguistically diverse, and females.  See flyer for more information and to register.

More information coming soon! 


Specialist Contacts

Brooke Carson, Ph.D.
Phone: 303-866-6691
Email Brooke Carson

Rhonda Danner, M.A.Ed - Email Rhonda Danner

Alissa Mullett, M.A. CCC-SLP - Email Alissa Mullett

Kelsey Young, M.A. - Email Kelsey Young




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