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COVID-19 and Special Education
These Exceptional Student Services Unit (ESSU) webpages are continuously expanding to support educators who serve, and families of Colorado children with disabilities through the provision of Special Education-specific information and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.
State & Federal Guidance
This section organizes guidance provided from the U.S. Department of Education, State Of Colorado Agencies including the CDE Exceptional Student Services Unit.
Learning Supports for Students With Disabilities
This section provides resources across a wide multitude of disability topics.
Resources for Families of Students with Disabilities During COVID-19
This section provides access to resources for families and caregivers of children with disabilities, as they support their children during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Disability & Topic Specific Information
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Enrich IEP System
Facility Schools Information
Serious Emotional Disability, Social Emotional Learning, Mental Health & Behavior
Significant Support Needs
Speech & Language
Visual Impairment, Including Blindness
During this time of remote instruction, the Access, Learning and Literacy (ALL) Team has been fielding many phone and email questions regarding how best to support the accessibility, behavior, learning, social-emotional, and transition needs of learners with disabilities. The following consultants are offering office hours to assist the field with their questions.
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
Brooke Carson will be offering ASD office hours on Fridays from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM, beginning April 17th and through May 29th.
Meeting ID: 525 596 699
Blindness/Visual Impairment (Blindness/VI)
Tanni Anthony will be offering blind/visually impaired office hours on Wednesdays from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM.
Deaf/Hard of Hearing (D/HH)
Shauna Moden will be offering deaf/hard of hearing meetings on Thursdays from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM. To connect with Shauna, pre-register at the registration button. You can also preview a schedule of topics, and/or view past Zoom collaborations.
Bring your questions for the CDE DHH Leadership Team to the DH/H Open Office Hours every Friday from 1:00 PM-3:00 PM. Colorado school staff and administrators are welcome to join.
Meeting ID: 649 694 144
Gail Lott will be offering secondary transition office hours on Thursday from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM, beginning April 16th and through May 28th.
Meeting ID: 709 421 116
Severe Emotional Disability & Affective Needs (SED/AN)
Bill Brown will be offering office hours in the areas of severe emotional disability, affective needs, social emotional learning, and behavior on Tuesdays from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM.
Significant Support Needs (SSN)
Gina Herrera will be offering significant support needs office hours every Monday from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM.