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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

Serious Emotional Disability, Social Emotional Learning, Mental Health & Behavior

Significant Support Needs

Speech & Language

Transition Age

Visual Impairment, Including Blindness

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Office Hours

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. 

Join the ASD

Meeting ID: 525 596 699
Password: 507301

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.

Join the DH/H
office hours

Meeting ID: 649 694 144

Secondary Transition

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. 

Join the Secondary
Transition meeting

Meeting ID: 709 421 116
Password: 855085

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.  

Speech or Language Impairment (SLI)

Tami Cassel will be offering office hours in the area of Speech or Language Impairment on Thursdays from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM through May 28th. .  

Join the SLI

Meeting ID: 995 4638 9632

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