Resources for Children with Special Needs

  • Where Do I Start?

    P2P: Parent to Parent of Colorado            


    • One to one parent matching
    • Listserv linking parents throughout the state
    • Up-to-date information and referral, a quarterly newsletter
    • A resource packed website including support group listing, parent wisdom


    The Arcs in Colorado       


    • If you are looking for an advocate, start with your local Arc
    • The Arc of Colorado has a list of statewide Arcs on its website


    Assistive Technology Partners   


    • The device exchange program, a database of potential AT funding resources
    • Make and Take directions on various low-cost AT adaptations and devices
    • Community-based demonstrations, an annual conference


    CCA: Colorado Citizens for Accountability 


    • Patient safety information and referral
    • Advocacy training for those who have family members in the hospital
    • Support for families/individuals dealing with legal issues in the medical system


    CCDC: Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition              


    • Information and assistance on disability rights issues for youth and adults
    • Advances in legislation and public policy impacting the disability community


    CDE –DSLU: Colorado Department of Education – Exceptional Student Leadership Unit


    • Website resources on special education law, school/district programs, etc.
    • FAST FACTS on a variety of topics
    • Information on educational specialists, parent-professional partnerships


    DDD: Division for Developmental Disabilities and CCBs: Community Centered Boards


    • Provides various services to individuals with developmental disabilities
    • Administers children and family programs, adult programs
    • Information on CCBs (designated as the single entry point into long-term service and support for persons with developmental disabilities)


    Easter Seals Colorado     

    303-233-1666 x237 

    • Respite, including Discovery Club, weekend programs, and summer camp
    • Warm water therapy and aquatic programs
    • Employment services/support, transition training, transportation assessments


    El Colroado: Early Intervention Colorado (Formerly ECC) 


    • Connects families with early intervention services to help infants and toddlers under age three grow and develop, and to help their families in this process


    El Grupo VIDA   


    • Information, referrals, and support groups for Spanish speaking parents
    • Free annual fall conference in Denver


    EMPOWER Colorado       


    • Support, education, and advocacy for families of children and youth with mental health issues
    • Support groups throughout the state; statewide listserv connecting families
    • Education classes for families and professionals


    Family Voices     


    • Advocacy for children with special health care needs
    • Assists families in navigating health systems including Medicaid, Medicaid waivers, and private insurance
    • Training, information, referral, policy, parent-friendly website resources


    Guardianship Alliance of Colorado            


    • Information and referral on guardianship, including a volunteer guardianship matching program
    • Information and training for those wishing to become a guardian for a family member who is 18 or older


    HCP: Health care Program for Children with Special Needs                                                                                            


    • Information and referral to services and supports including Medical Home, screening, clinics, financial assistance
    • Regional offices throughout Colorado


    PEAK: Colorado’s Parent Training and Information Center  


    • Statewide parent advisors who provide information about the special education process and parent’s rights
    • Training on a variety of topics including Understanding IEP’s
    • Inclusion resources and annual conference for parents and school personnel
    • Online calendar of events throughout the state


    PEP: Parents Encouraging Parents            


    • The free conference, lodging, and meals included, held twice per year at various statewide locations (apply early as waiting list occur frequently)
    • Brings together parents and professionals for education on supporting your child in school and community


    The Legal Center for People with Disabilities & Older People


    • Advice on the legal rights of people with disabilities
    • Publishes Everyday Guide to Special Education Law

    Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
    Colorado Department of Human Services
    1575 Sherman, 4th Floor
    Denver, CO 80203
    (303) 866-4150 
    Local DVR locations can be found at


    Colorado Transition Services -Exceptional Student Leadership Unit
    Colorado Department of Education
    201 E. Colfax Avenue
    Denver, CO 80203
    (303) 866-6721
    Transition Tool Kit:

    Division for Developmental Disabilities
    Colorado Department of Human Services
    3824 W. Princeton Circle
    Denver, CO 80236
    303) 866-7467