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Learning Supports for Students with Disabilities


This page contains a curated collection of resources intended to guide educators and families through the challenges presented by the delivery of remote learning for Colorado children with disabilities.


The below resources are offered for consideration during the time of remote instruction due to COVID-19.  This list is not comprehensive of all possible resources. The listed resources are provided for information only. The Colorado Department of Education does not endorse, represent, or warrant the accuracy or reliability of any of the information, content, services, or other materials provided by these educational service providers. Any reliance upon any information, content, materials, products, services, or vendors included on or found through this listing shall be at the discretion of the user.


Concept Mapping Tool

 “9 Great Concept Mapping Tools for Teachers and Students” from Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. 

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Captioning & Transcriptions

Information About Captioning & Transcriptions

Applications & Tools for Captioning

  • Google Hangouts MEET - is Google's paid video conferencing software, provided as part of G Suite. Google Hangouts MEET allows for live captioning using voice recognition software. Instructions for how to turn on live captions in “Meet” can be found here
  • Google Live Transcribe - An accessibility app designed for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals. Live Transcribe must be downloaded as an app on your Android phone or other Chrome device.  It can recognize over 70 languages and dialects.  
  • Google Slides - Google Slides offers an automatic captioning feature. Google Slides can work with Google Classroom.
  • Otter - Otter is an app or web based service (  can caption things it hears in the environment. Otter can “listen” to & transcribe a live-stream or video of a teacher's lesson. Download the free app to your phone and place the phone where it can "hear" the laptop/Chromebook/ipad, etc. 
  • PowerPoint Real-Time Captioning - If the teacher is using PowerPoint for an on-line lesson, he/she can talk through their lesson while using PowerPoint and the computer will caption it live.
  • Rev - is a for pay service providing accurate captions, transcription and foreign subtitling, offering a 24 hour turn-around time. 
  • Verbit’s Integration with Zoom:   Verbit has released a new integration with Zoom to provide embedded transcription within the Zoom application. This integration allows Verbit’s clients to seamlessly have their videos captioned and transcribed in real-time. This is a transcription service that is not intended for live captioning. Must have a Verbit account.  
  • WebCaptioner - WebCaptioner offers free live captioning on a website in multiple languages.  This is best used in a split-screen situation where a teacher is presenting on one side of the screen and the captions are on the other side of the screen. 
  • YouTube - YouTube's automatic captions have improved greatly over the years!  Teachers can make private channels to share their content with only those who should have access.  Automatic captions are available for content in some other languages (such as Spanish, French, German, Russian, and a few more), but live-steaming captions are only available in English.  Incorrect captions can be corrected by the video owner.
  • Zoom Closed Captioning - Zoom does not Close Captions meetings independently.  When using Zoom, you must assign a typist to type the captions for your meeting.  The captioner can either be the host, an assigned person to type or you can embed captions from a CART service provider.


  • An Interpreter’s Guide to Zoom - This is a document put together by Brittany Arnold and Sean Foley. Its intended purpose is to provide information for interpreters who are using Zoom for the first time, and to promote accessibility.  This information is based off (limited) experiences that seem effective. For more specific information, please contact Zoom Help Services directly.

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Alternative Dispute Resolution

Tele-Facilitation & Alternative Dispute Resolution -  During COVID-19 the CDE continues to offer IEP Facilitation. During this time we have moved our facilitation services online using a tele-facilitation model.  

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Assistive Technology

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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

For more Autism resources see the Autism & COVID webpage.


For more resources view the Behavior section of Remote Learning Resources for SEL, Mental Health and Behavior

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Distance Learning

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Early Childhood

English Learners with Disabilities

Hearing Impairment, Including Deafness

For more resources on this topic go to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing COVID Resources webpage. 

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High Leverage Practices

  • Removing Barriers to Effective Distance Learning by Applying the High-Leverage Practices - This special issues brief from the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform (CEEDAR Center) and the National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) outlines how HLPs can be employed to strengthen distance learning instruction for a diverse range of students by providing strategies to address common challenges students experience. 

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Mental Health

For more resources see Mental Health section of Remote Learning Resources for SEL, Mental Health and Behavior

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Professional Learning Opportunities

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Secondary Transition

For resources on this topic view Providing Secondary Transition Services During COVID-19.

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Serious Emotional Disability (SED) 

See Remote Learning Resources for SEL, Mental Health and Behavior webpage for resources. 

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Social Communication/Pragmatics

To view more Social Communication/Pragmatics view the Speech & Language COVID Resources webpage.

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Social and Emotional Learning

For more Social and Emotional Learning resource view Remote Learning Resources for SEL, Mental Health and Behavior.

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Specially Designed Instruction

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Specific Learning Disability

For more SLD reosources view CDE's Specific Learning Disability Resources webpage. 

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Speech and Language Resources

View the Speech and Language COVID Resources for more resources

Activities and Games

  • Sequencing Fun - This website was created by a Speech Language Pathologist and contains Sequencing games
  • Speech-Language (and more!) online games! This website was created by a Speech Language Pathologist and has interactive games to work on different speech or language goals for students to play. Younger students will need an adult to explain the game and/or listen for correct response.

Articulation Activities

For more Articulation Activities view the Speech and Language COVID Resources for more resources

Language and Literacy

For more Language and Literacy resources view the Speech & Language COVID Resources webpage.


  • Scholastic Learn at Home - This is a collection of cross-curricular articles, stories and videos that incorporate discussion points, lesson plans and activities.(Grades K-8)
  • Storyline Online - Online program where books are read aloud by famous people. Each book is accompanied by a supplemental teacher guide. (Grades K-4)

Vocabulary Development

  • Eye on Idioms  - from Eye on Idioms includes a series of exercises, in which students view the literal representations of idioms and then examine their metaphorical meanings
  • World of Words - a website for vocabulary building games and activities.


  • Describe a Movie - This online form can be completed for discussion about any movie. This form can be printed and used for discussion or turned in for comprehension
  • Story Jumper - Provides a free online tool to write, illustrate and publish children's stories. 

Speech and Phonology

For more Speech and Phonology resources view the Speech & Language COVID Resources webpage.

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Tele-Facilitation & Alternative Dispute Resolution -  During COVID-19 the CDE continues to offer IEP Facilitation. During this time we have moved our facilitation services online using a tele-facilitation model.  

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  • Federal Office of Rural Health Policy: Telehealth Programs (HRSA) - The Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (OAT) promotes the use of telehealth technologies for health care delivery, education, and health information services. Telehealth is especially critical in rural and other remote areas that lack sufficient health care services, including specialty care.
  • National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers - These twelve Telehealth Resource Centers (TRCs) support all states and territories. TRCs have been established to provide assistance, education, and information to organizations and individuals who are actively providing or interested in providing health care at a distance. Their charter from the Office for Advancement of Telehealth is to assist in expanding the availability of health care to rural and underserved populations and their federally funding means the assistance they provide is generally free of charge.

Occupational Therapy & Physical Therapy 

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA): Telehealth Resources - Looking for information on whether you can use telehealth in your state and how to incorporate it into practice? AOTA has gathered the resources below to help members navigate this emerging area.

 American Physical Therapy Association (APTA): Telehealth - Telehealth, the use of electronic communication to remotely provide health care information and services, is gaining more and more attention as providers, patients, and payers all seek more effective and cost-efficient ways to deliver care. Physical therapy is no exception, and while those services have developed mostly in rural areas to accommodate the long distances between patients and providers, telehealth in physical therapy is being considered in other geographic and clinical settings.

School Psychologists

National Association of School Psychologists
As schools take these steps for extended periods in order to protect community health, school psychologists may be asked to engage in virtual service delivery on a short-term basis.For those who plan to deliver services remotely, NASP has a guidance document on telehealth that should be helpful. This document outlines considerations with respect to technology, record keeping, privacy, and validity of measures.

School Social Work

School Social Work Association of America

Technology in Social Work Practice

Speech-Language & Audiology 

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA): Telepractice
Telepractice is the application of telecommunications technology to the delivery of speech language pathology and audiology professional services at a distance by linking clinician to client or clinician to clinician for assessment, intervention, and/or consultation.
Supervision, mentoring, pre-service, and continuing education are other activities that may be conducted through the use of technology. However, these activities are not included in ASHA's definition of telepractice and are best referred to as telesupervision/distance supervision and distance education. See ASHA’s Practice Portal page on Clinical Education and Supervision for a detailed discussion of telesupervision.

Traumatic Brain Injury

Visual Impairment, Including Blindness (VI/B)

For more VI/B resources see Visual Impairment, Including Blindness COVID-19 Resources.

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