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Special Education

Dear Jeffco Families,

In this unprecedented time, the Special Education Department is making every effort to provide appropriate special education and related services for students with disabilities. We understand that this transition has created new challenges for our students, families, and staff.

While your child’s needs have not changed, the conditions in which we are working have changed considerably, so we want to collaborate with you to develop a remote learning plan for your child. In doing so, we are considering the nature of a student’s disability and the individual needs of the student with an emphasis on learning, access, and progress toward goals as our highest priorities. We trust that you are in touch with your child’s service providers to work together to plan for ongoing instruction. We greatly appreciate your collaboration, adaptability, and understanding as we are learning to navigate our current reality together. We can do this and support each other with grace, empathy, and kindness through this disruption.

To improve our processes, we will be reviewing the comments and questions submitted by the community.

Take care of yourselves and each other, and thank you again for all you do.

Jeffco Special Education Team



You may find these resources useful as you continue to work at home with your child. Please check back as we will be adding more resources for families as they become available. 

  • Autism Focused Intervention Resources & Modules (AFIRM)
  • National Council for Learning Disabilities
  • News 2 You - Resources to Keep your Child Engaged


The Department of Student Success, which manages special education services, serves students, teachers, and parents in Jeffco. The department also includes Gifted & Talented, Career & Technical Education, Student Services, Health Services/Homebound Instruction. You can learn more about the district's special education programs below.

Center and School-Based Resources


Programs designed to meet the educational needs of children with autism provide a structured teaching approach to learning. As with any student qualifying for special education services, the Individual Education Plan (IEP) will direct the program. Special attention is paid to skills in the following domains: communication, social, academic, daily living, independence, sensory motor, and vocational. Services to students with autism are offered in a continuum of environments ranging from full access to the general education classroom to a self-contained class; placement is based upon individual student need. Intensive early intervention is a priority.

Deaf/Hard of Hearing

This programming serves students Preschool through 12th grade with hearing loss and whose needs require intensive services by teachers of the deaf/hard of hearing, audiologists, speech/language therapists and mental health staff. Educational interpreters and tutor-notetakers are available to support student learning.

Services are provided at neighborhood schools and at center programs which are located at Everitt Middle School, Maple Grove Elementary, Rocky Mountain Deaf SchoolVivian Elementary, and Wheat Ridge High School.

Learning Disabled (L.D.) Grades K-12

This programming located in each school assists the student in developing skills and learning behaviors which enable him/her to benefit from the general education program. Special education services are provided in a variety of ways: direct instruction, co-teaching, consultation, and materials modification as identified on the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP).

Read about Section 504 the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Congress’s directive to schools receiving any federal funding to eliminate discrimination based on disability from all aspects of school operation.

Significant Emotional Disorders (SED)

This programming is for students who may have a significant identifiable emotional disorder that affects their ability to function within a general school environment or access the general curriculum and whose academic achievement is hindered by pervasive behavioral or emotional problems. Social/emotional services are offered in a continuum of environments ranging from full access to the general education classroom to a self-contained class; placement is based upon individual student need as determined by the student’s IEP.

Significant Support Needs — Grades K-12

These programs offer special education and related services for students with severe developmental delays in multiple areas, such as cognitive, speech/language, motor delays. Instruction focuses on the individual educational needs of the student guided by Expanded Benchmarks and Access skills as a foundation for the students’ IEP goals and objectives. These programs are geographically located within neighborhood schools throughout the district.


Special Education Information/Student Success

Child Find Intake Information

Special Education Assistant Director listed by School

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