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Colorado Resources

  • The Arc of Colorado (Exiting CDE Website)
    The Arc builds better lives for persons with intellectual developmental disabilities and their families by improving connections to schools, work, and the community through influencing public policy, increasing public awareness, supporting local chapters, and collaborating with other organizations sharing the same values.
  • Assistive Technology Partners (Exiting CDE Website)
    Assistive Technology Partners envisions a world where all persons with cognitive, sensory, and /or physical disabilities are engaged in life at home, school, work and play, without barriers and without boundaries.
  • StateWide Assistive Technology, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (SWAAAC) (Exiting CDE Website) The SWAAAC project with the Colorado Department of Education provides multidisciplinary Assistive Technology services to enable students with disabilities equal access to the curriculum and full participation in their education and classroom.
  • Colorado PTA (Exiting CDE Website)
    Promotes the opportunity for every child to reach his or her full potential by engaging and empowering families, educators, and communities to advocate for all children.
  • Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition (Exiting CDE Website)
    This coalition offers training programs to parents and school personnel and community members who are interested in making a difference in closing the academic achievement gap, reducing the dropout rates and increasing graduation rates.
  • Colorado Talking Book Library (Exiting CDE Website)
    A free service to Coloradans of all ages who are unable to read standard print material due to visual, physical or learning disabilities whether permanent or temporary. CTBL provides audio, Braille and large-print books and magazines.
  • Denver Metro Community Parent Resource Center - (Exiting CDE Website)
    Informs and empowers low-income, culturally and linguistically diverse families as advocates for their children with disabilities, ages birth - 26 to achieve meaningful participation in their schools and communities.
  • Parent to Parent of Colorado (Exiting CDE Website)
    Connecting families of sons and daughters with disabilities or special healthcare needs across Colorado.


National Resources

  • Families and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE)
    The FAPE project is a partnership that aims to improve the educational outcomes for children with disabilities. It links families, advocates, and self-advocates to information about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The project is designed to address the information needs of the 6 million families throughout the country whose children with disabilities receive special education services.
  • The National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education
    Encouraging the use of mediation and other collaborative strategies to resolve disagreements about special education and early intervention programs.
  • National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC)
    NECTAC serves Part C-Infant and Toddlers with Disabilities Programs and Part B-Section 619 Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities in all 50 states and 10 jurisdictions to improve service systems and outcomes for children and families.

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