• Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) Meetings

    SEAC meetings for 2019-2020 School Year

    All meetings will be held at Conrad Early Learning Center.

    Please Join the Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8

    Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

     

    2019-2020 Parents Encouraging Parents (PEP) Conferences

    Sponsored by Colorado Department of Education

    Who:

    Colorado families who have a child with a disability.  Both parents in a two-parent family are encouraged to attend.  Single parents are encouraged to bring a support person who will also participate in the conference.  (A support person is someone who is directly involved in the regular care of the child or youth with a disability.)

    Directors of special education, principals, special education teachers, general education teachers, related service providers, health care and other Colorado professionals interested in the family and school partnership who work with children or youth with disabilities.

    When: 

    PEP is held from 5:30 PM Thursday through 3:30 PM Saturday.  The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) Exceptional Student Services Unit (ESSU) pays for lodging and registration.  Participant meals and beverages are on your own.

    Where: See below....

    2019-2020 PEP Conference dates for 2019-2020

    Winter - January 23-25, 2020 - Colorado Springs, Colorado
    Spring - April 2-4, 2020 - Location to be determined

    What: 

    Decades of research show that the participation of families in their child's education, through specific coordinating between home and school, results in improved outcomes (Jeynes, 2012).  PEP Conferences are designed to promote family and school partnerships that are essential in supporting students with disabilities and their families in schools and the community.  PEP brings families and professionals together by sharing ideas, discussing concerns, celebrating successes and obtaining information related to parenting, educating and partnering to support student learning.  PEP is a non-specific disability conference that focuses on commonalities.

    For more information:

    Information:

    https://www.cde.state.co.us/cdesped/pep

    To apply:

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PEP_ParentApplication_2019-2020

    OR in Spanish:

    https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/Solicitud_PEP_2019-2020_Padres

    Or contact:

    CDE-ESSU-PEP

    1560 Broadway, Suite 2200

    Denver, CO  80202

    PEP Hotline:  (303) 866-6846

    See a sample of a Typical PEP Conference Agenda in English HERE and Spanish AQUI.

    Parents Encouraging Parents flyer can be seen in English HERE and Spanish AQUI.

     

     

    Paving the way....

    Help pave the way
    While 2019 was an amazing year for Inclusive Higher Education in Colorado with 70 students enrolled on 3 campuses, 2020 is going to be BIGGER! Colorado will celebrate 6 students as they become the first graduates!   

    In honor of this achievement we ask for your support to celebrate this upcoming 2020 milestone by giving a gift of $20.20 a month - click here for more.

    Please help us continue our efforts and donate your "brick" in the path. Your contribution will pave the way and ensure there is an opportunity for all students with intellectual disabilities in Colorado who have a college dream.

     

    Introducing Kacie

    Kacie

    In May 2020, Kacie will graduate from Arapahoe Community College (ACC). Kacie's love of reading and learning drove her to enroll in college. At ACC, Kacie helped start the Elevate Club, dedicated to raising awareness of what it is like to be a student with a disability in college. She interned with a local coffee shop and now works in the college library. Upon graduating in May, Kacie hopes to transfer to a university to obtain her Bachelor's degree. Kacie hopes to work as a librarian and inspire children to love learning. 



    Graduates Present at National Conference

    Grads at National Conf

    This month three graduating UCCS seniors presented at the 2019 State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities in Reno, Nevada. Their session: Steps for Designing Creative College Modifications.

    Read more about their presentation by clicking here.

     

    Outreach Hits the Road

    Outreach hits the road

    With residential options available at UNC and UCCS, inclusive higher education is not limited to a regional area. Thus, our Outreach and Education program works to ensure there is statewide awareness of the college options available for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Check out our December presentations, open to the public. We'll cover Colorado options and tips for preparing for higher education. 

    Grand Junction
    Date: 12/3, 6-7:15pm
    Location: The Arc Mesa County - 845 Grand Ave, Grand Junction, CO 81501

    Pueblo
    Date: 12/9, 6-7:15pm
    Location: The Arc of Pueblo - 2705 Vinewood Ln, Pueblo, CO 81005

    Want to RSVP? Questions? Can't make it but want more info? Replies to this email go directly to our Outreach and Education Program Coordinator. 

     

    Preparing Students with Disabilities for Higher Education in Colorado

    Preparing students for higher education

    Last month we partnered with Colorado Department of Education to provide a webinar titled "Preparing Students with Disabilities for Higher Education in Colorado". To access a recording of the webinar, click here