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Parents/Families of a Child with a Disability

This webpage is for parents and those who work with parents.  It is dedicated to providing information on special education issues, practices and resources to families who have children with disabilities.


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Look for this icon throughout the Special Education website (specific webpages with /cdesped in the URL) to find information and resources for families

How to Search this Site

  1. You can use the Google Search box (which only searches within the CDE) at the top right side of the webpage and type in what you are looking for.
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  2. You can use our Topic Index (Alpha Index) - alphabetical list for the Office of Special Education.

ChildFind and Preschool Special Education

Every school district or Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) has professionals trained to evaluate young children’s development. This service is referred to as Child Find.  The purpose of the child find process is to determine whether a child has a need for early intervention or special education services.


Has your child been identified as having a Disability?

Fourteen disabilities have been identified under ECEA.  The Disabilities webpage has links to each of the 14 identified disabilities (with more information about that disability) and the appropriate state office contacts.


Does your child have an IEP (Individualized Education Program)?

The IEP Link has both forms and resources


Does your child need related services?

The term "related services" means transportation, and such developmental, corrective, and other supportive services as may be required to assist a child with a disability to benefit from special education, and includes the early identification and assessment of disabling condition in children.


Dispute Resolution

Find information on dispute resolution options available to parents and school districts regarding disputes during the Special Education process.

Parents Encouraging Parents (PEP)

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Parents Encouraging Parents

Family centered conferences designed to offer support, information, and education to parents with children who have a disability, ages birth to 21 years, and professionals.


Looking for a Conference or Training?


Colorado Special Advisory Committees



Find what you were looking for?

We want families to find this page useful, so please let us know what you would like to see on this page by emailing the web content coordinator with your suggestions.


Our Partners Who Help Us Help You:

Peak Parent Center [Exiting CDE]

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Thrive [Exiting CDE]

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Disability Law Colorado [Exiting CDE]


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Contact Us

Colorado Dept. of Education
201 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-866-6600
Fax: 303-830-0793
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