Below are resources for parents/ guardians to reference several topics related to special education:
(These resources are not district or school connected)
2011 Procedural Safeguards and Parents' Rights for students with an IEP!
Know the Differences between Standards and Curriculum
This fact sheet clarifies the difference between standards and curriculum and how they both inform instruction in the classrooms of Colorado students.
Parents Encouraging Parents (PEP)
JOIN IN and FIND SUPPORT! CDE offers amazing opportunities for parents to connect and find family, school, and community resources and support for parents and children with disabilities.
15 apps parents should look out for on their kids' phones:
See the article and list of apps here: Click Here
Common Sense Mediais a good website to keep handy for online support and resources to teach adults and kids.
It gives parents a breakdown of what they should know about each and every app out there. And it provides advice on monitoring your kid's apps.
COMMUNITY RESOURCES for FAMILIES:
PEAK Parent Center
Does your child struggle in school?
Does your child have trouble: Finishing school work? Following school rules? Sitting still in class? Getting along with others?
Does your child: Resist going to school? Resist doing homework? Have frequent meltdowns? Dislike transitions?
Does your child have special needs?
Would you like to know more about how to talk to people at your Childs' school?
Would you like to get support and information from someone who will listen?
Contact PEAK Parent Center:
917 E Moreno Ave. #140, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
HELP Autism Center
Helping families, with autism and special needs, find the resources for services and therapies in the Colorado Springs, CO area. Assist public, private organizations, and companies coordinate services and therapies. Goal: Open the Help Autism Center Ranch for autism and special needs.
ALPINE Autism Center
Alpine Autism Center is the first treatment facility in the Pikes Peak Region for children diagnosed with Autism.
They are a private, non-profit state-of-the-art treatment facility providing data-driven, evidence-based, individualized, one-to-one therapy utilizing the principles of ABA.
All training and therapy are provided or supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Our therapists specialize in ABA, Discrete Trial Teaching, Natural Environment Teaching, Verbal Behavior, and small and large group direct instruction.
They work on all areas of development, including academic, language, motor, behavior, daily living and social skills. Staff is highly qualified with backgrounds ranging from early childhood, special education, and psychology and all have a passion for helping children with Autism as well as understanding and applying behavioral principles.
Alpine Autism Center also provides home therapy, consultation services and parent meetings, as well ongoing support and training to families, teachers, therapists and schools in the community.
Employment Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities
This guide covers how to find a job that is a good fit, how to work through challenges and rights with employers, how to find jobs that can accommodate individuals with disabilities, and how to disclose a disability.
A New Savings Plan for those with Disabilites
A new type of savings vehicle for the first time offers the disabled and their families the benefits of tax-free growth. Called 529 ABLE plans, the state-sponsored accounts, authorized by Congress in late 2014, resemble 529 college plans. In addition to offering tax-free growth, 529 ABLE plans will allow people with disabilities to save as much as $100,000 and still qualify for benefits.
Beneficial Activities for Kids with Special Needs
After-school and weekend activities for children with disabilities can build self-esteem, skills, friendships, and a sense of belonging.
Interacting in a shared endeavor with other children can be especially rewarding.
Routines and Children with Disabilities
Routines can help family life run more smoothly. They can also be a way to help your child with a disability develop skills. The best routines are the ones that suit you, your child, and your situation.
Guide for Job Seekers and Workers with Disabilities
This guide was created to educate workers with disabilities and job-seekers on the rights afforded to them by federal and state governments. The page offers tips to help these individuals find a job, provides advice on staying gainfully employed and includes guidance that can help disabled workers talk with an existing employer about making reasonable accommodation. You can check out the entire guide below.