The information presented below is a brief overview of this state's special education support system. Please contact the state education agency or follow the included links for more detailed information.

Educational definitions of disabilities

  • Autism - consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • Intellectual disability - consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - uses significant identifiable emotional disability and is consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

More detailed information is available at specific disabilities.

Numbers of students with disabilities served

For the 2012 child count, Colorado reported the following:

  • Autism - 4,878 students, sixth highest among disability populations
  • Intellectual disability - 2,879 students, eighth highest among disability populations
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - 6,364 students, fourth highest among disability populations

Colorado also has a physical disabilities category that may include some students with the above disabilities.

Support service structure

Colorado Department of Education - Office of Special Education monitors and supports the special education services provided by schools.

Task forces

The Colorado Autism Commission submitted its final report in October 2009.

Statewide disability clearinghouse

Colorado does not have a statewide disability clearinghouse.

Disability scholarship program

Colorado does not have a statewide disability scholarship program.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

Colorado enacted legislation related to insurance coverage specifically for autism spectrum disorder-related services. See Colorado insurance for more information.

TRICARE-approved applied behavior analysis providers

As of May 2013, Colorado had 88 supervisors (direct service providers) and 254 tutors (assistants requiring supervision to provide services).

Parent training and information center

The Peak Parent Center is Colorado's statewide parent training and information center with additional support provided by the THRIVE Center.

Secondary transition resources

Information and resources related to secondary transition in Colorado are available at secondary transition.

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission

Colorado is a member of the Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission.

Special education resources

Information on resources for families is available from the local school district and the parent training and information centers listed above.

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