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Special Education

The Department of Student Success, which manages special education services, serves students, teachers, and parents of Jefferson County. 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


Looking for new members for the ASD Quality Program Strategic Plan Committee.

The Jeffco Special Education Department is excited to announce openings on our ASD (Autism) Quality Program Strategic Plan Committee. The focus of this committee is on developing the existing centers serving students with ASD, into model CDE Quality Programs by 2020. The committee has been comprised of 20 members including special education service providers, school administration, central leadership, parents, and community partners. The committee meets quarterly, and we request that participants make at least a one-year commitment. If you are a parent of a student with ASD in our center based program, or a community partner that serves students with ASD in one of these programs and are interested in participating, please complete the attached application. We will be randomly selecting applicants and aim to ensure participation from all relevant stakeholders across the PreK to high school continuum. The deadline to apply is January 26, 2018 by 4pm. Our first meeting for the new year will be held on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. For questions, please contact Maria Snitily, Assistant Director of Special Education at Maria.Snitily

Application Link ASD Committee

For a link to most recent committee representative names, meeting agendas, and updates on this work, please see the Jeffco Schools public webpage at: Special Education, Autism, ASD Quality Program Strategic Plan Committee.

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 Bradford K-8 South/North, Everitt Middle School, Maple Grove Elementary, Patterson Preschool, 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 to the students’ IEP goals and objectives. These programs are geographically located within neighborhood schools throughout the district.


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