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COVID-19 and Special Education

View information for educators and parents to support students with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

Virtual Events 

Autism Spectrum Disorder Literacy Institute, Tier 2

The Autism Literacy Institute Tier 2 training builds on content discussed in the Tier 1 training. Participants will continue to learn assessment strategies and develop deeper knowledge about best practices in literacy instruction for learners with ASD. Tier two involves opportunities for individual application as participants develop lessons for their classrooms based upon student data.

View the Tier 2 Literacy Institute flyer (PDF).

All sessions will be from 4:00 - 7:00 (MT) on the following days: 

April 7, 2021
April 15, 2021
April 21, 2021

*Attending all three sessions live is highly encouraged. The training will be recorded, but participants MUST attend at least two of the three sessions LIVE. There will be no exceptions. 

An additional option for participants to have virtual coaching from the presenters for additional clock hours for a virtual project identified during the institute.


This training is ONLY available to individuals or school teams that completed the Tier 1 ASD Literacy Institute. Confirmation emails will be sent to registered individuals who meet this requirement. Registration is limited. 

Registration will close on March 24th at 5pm. 

Application for registration.

ASD Educational Identification

The training is designed to support districts in understanding how to identify students suspected of having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), using evaluation tools to assess the triad of characteristics of ASD. Participants will learn how to build a body of evidence to support the identification of ASD (determining eligibility) in an educational setting (without using the ADOS).

This distance learning opportunity will be presented over four days, in three-hour segments.

View the ASD Ed ID flyer (PDF) for more details! 


Thursday, January 7, 2021
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Thursday, January 28, 2021
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Attending all four sessions live is highly encouraged. The training will be recorded, but participants MUST attend at least three sessions LIVE. There will be no exceptions.


Registration is currently at capacity.

To join the waitlist please fill out brief survey (Google Form)

Educational Identification of Complex ASD Cases: Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Evaluations

Children from culturally and linguistically minoritized populations are more likely to be misidentified or receive a delayed educational identification of ASD. 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 minoritized and linguistically diverse. In addition, participants will receive training in differentiating ASD from other disabilities. Further, information will be shared regarding laws and recommendations pertaining to addressing significant disproportionality among children with ASD. This training will be presented by Dr. Bryn Harris from the University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Harris has extensive expertise in this content area.

See the flyer for more information! 


April 13, 2021 from 4:00 - 7:00 PM

April 20, 2021 from 4:00 - 7:00 PM


This training is ONLY available to those who have completed a 2-day CDE educational Identification of ASD Toolkit training. Confirmation emails will be sent to registered individuals who meet this requirement. Registration is limited. 

Application for Registration.


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.

All webinars are offered on the day scheduled:

2:30pm – 3:15pm MT

Fall 2020

November 4, 2020 

Social Engagement & The Steps to Being Social
Presenters: Marci Laurel, MA, CCC-SLP & Kathleen Mo Taylor, OTR/L

November 11, 2020

Strategies to Support Better Student Behavior
Presenters: Ashley Bauer, M.Ed, BCBA, LBA & Meggin Funk, M.S.Ed, CCC-SLP, BCBA

December 2, 2020

Mental Health & Autism Spectrum Disorders: Identifying and Meeting the Needs of Students
Presenters: Teri McGill M.Ed., BCBA/ Annette Wragge M.Ed., BCBA

Spring 2021

January 27, 2021

Masking and Mental Health
Presenter: Jacquelyn Fede, Ph.D.

February 10, 2021 

Changing Mindsets to Prepare Students with Disabilities for Integrated Employment and Success in Adult Life
Presenter: Beth Clavenna-Deane, Ph.D.

February 17, 2021

Down Syndrome and ASD Tips and Strategies with Focus on Digital Solutions
Presenter: Sean J. Smith, Ph.D.

March 3, 2021 

Practical Strategies for Obtaining Critical Mass
Presenter: Kerry Mataya, M.S. Ed.

March 17, 2021

Early Identification of Autism in Girls
Presenter: Susan Hepburn, Ph.D.

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,
January 7, 2021 - July 5, 2021
*Please note the application for registration for the January - July session is CLOSED.*
May 17, 2021 - November 11, 2021
*Please note the application for registration for the May - November session will open on April 19.*


RBT Application

More information regarding the May 17, - November 11, 2021 RBT Online Training Opportunity (PDF)

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! 

Orange Arrow Pointing Right  Face-to-Face

Face-to-Face trainings are currently on hold for the 20-21 school year. 

Specialist Contacts

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

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

Kelsey Young, Ph.D. - Email Kelsey Young




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