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COVID-19 and Special Education

View information for educators and parents to support students with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 resources for special education

Autism & COVID-19 Resources

Our CDE Autism Team is committed to supporting schools and families while in-person learning has been suspended. We recognize the selection of materials, resource location and delivery of instruction can be overwhelming so our team has collected resources and tools specific to ASD that may be useful during this time as you plan for students.

Consistent with our mission, we are providing evidence-based practices and supports from national, state and local groups. These shared resources do not serve as CDE guidance for delivering services remotely.

ASD Documents from CDE

Quality Indicators

Quality indicators are used to design and evaluate a program(s) for students with ASD that is comprehensive and grounded in evidence-based practices.

Determination of Eligibility

The Determination of Eligibility form is to be used for eligibility meetings including initial and triennial reviews.

Technical Assistance

Technical assistance are documents relating to topics within special education:

ASD Guidelines

Guidelines for the Educational Evaluation of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) (August 2020)

The ASD Guidelines (Guidelines for the Educational Evaluation of Autism Spectrum Disorder) contain information that may be used to guide the process of identifying students with ASD and developing appropriate programming, supports and services.

Spanish version of the ASD Guidelines is also available. Guía para la valoración educativa sobre el trastorno del espectro autista (PDF)

Educational Identification Resources

FAQ's for Educational Identification of ASD in Young Learners (PDF)

Nation Autism Indicators Report: High School Students on the Autism Spectrum

This report by Drexel University's A.J. Drexel Autism Institute highlights the challenges facing minority youth and those from low-income households. Autism occurs in children from all backgrounds. But the impacts of autism are not felt equally across all groups. Youth from poorer households have fewer choices for services, fewer opportunities for work experiences, and generally worse outcomes across a wide range of indicators. Minority youth often face obstacles accessing needed care and experience worse outcomes in many realms.

On Demand Training Resources

An Evening with Temple - Recording Available

On February, 11th, 2021, Temple will shared a video of a recent presentation discussing her book, “Calling All Minds” among other thoughts on working with individuals with ASD. Following the video, we recorded a Q & A session with Temple.

View An Evening with Temple

Temple Grandin

Tri-State Webinar Series - On-Demand Webinars 

A series of webinars are released each year. These webinars are developed through a collaborative project between the Colorado Department of Education, Kansas TASN Autism and Tertiary Behaviors Supports Group, and the Nebraska Autism Supports Network.

A full list of the archived Tri-State Webinars can be accessed from CDE's Professional Development Portal. 

2020-2021 Webinars

Fall 2020

August 27, 2020

Providing Intensive Teaching Services in a Virtual Environment
Presented by Mary Ellen Hodge

September 2, 2020

Reopening Schools for ALL Students: Planning and Designing for Effective Instruction
Presented by Sean Smith, Ph.D.

September 24, 2020

Trauma Informed Practices: Understanding Why Students Do What They Do
Presenter: Linda Aldridge, Ph.D.

October 1, 2020

How do you Support Executive Functioning During Online Learning?
Presenter: Laura Anthony, PhD

November 4, 2020 

Social Engagement & The Steps to Being Social
Presenters: Marci Laurel, MA, CCC-SLP & Kathleen Mo Taylor, OTR/L

November 11, 2020

Strategies to Support Better Student Behavior
Presenters: Ashley Bauer, M.Ed, BCBA, LBA & Meggin Funk, M.S.Ed, CCC-SLP, BCBA

December 2, 2020

Mental Health & Autism Spectrum Disorders: Identifying and Meeting the Needs of Students
Presenters: Teri McGill M.Ed., BCBA/ Annette Wragge M.Ed., BCBA

Spring 2021

January 27, 2021

Masking and Mental Health
Presenter: Jacquelyn Fede, Ph.D.

February 10, 2021 

Changing Mindsets to Prepare Students with Disabilities for Integrated Employment and Success in Adult Life
Presenter: Beth Clavenna-Deane, Ph.D.

February 17, 2021

Digitizing Learning for Students with Autism
Presenter: Sean J. Smith, Ph.D.

March 3, 2021 

Practical Strategies for Obtaining Critical Mass
Presenter: Kerry Mataya, M.S. Ed.

March 17, 2021

Early Identification of Autism in Girls
Presenter: Susan Hepburn, Ph.D.

Online Para-Educator Training

Due to the high demand of the RBT course, the Kansas Technical Assistance Network created a training geared toward para-educators who want further training on behavior and instructional strategies, but are NOT seeking the RBT credential. The content is based on information covered in the RBT course. If you simply want more information around behavior and instructional strategies, but do NOT want/need the RBT credential, please take this course.

About the Para-Educator Training:

  • You do NOT have to apply for this course, and can create account at the link below and begin taking modules at any time.
  • There is no timeline for completing the course. You can complete content whenever is convenient for you.
  • The course is completely free.
  • You will receive a certificate of completion for 7-8 contact hours.
  • This course does NOT meet BACB requirements for the 40 hour RBT training.

Online Para-Educator

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Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI)
OCALI serves families, educators, and professionals working with students with autism and low-incidence disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairments, other health impairments, and traumatic brain injuries.

Orange Arrow Pointing Right  The Autism Center at OCALI serves as a clearinghouse for information on research, resources, and trends to address the autism challenge. Information can be found through this link.

Orange Arrow Pointing Right  Strategies in Action - Many Faces of Autism is a free introduction to ASD


Autism Speaks 
888-288-4762 (English)
888-772-9050 (Español)

Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) 

PEAK Parent Center 

Specialist Contacts

Brooke Carson, Ph.D.
Phone: 303-866-6691
Email Brooke Carson

Rhonda Danner, M.A.
Phone: 720-460-8368
Email Rhonda Danner



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