Mission of the Roaring Fork SEAC: provide a forum for parents, staff and community to support, advocate, and advise on all special education areas. The SEAC will actively represent children/youth/young adults with disabilities and influence decisions made on their behalf to enhance the quality of their education and life. SEAC will work toward the district mission to instill in all learners a passion for learning and a commitment to reach one’s highest potential throughout life.
Eagle County School Special Education Advisory Council
Mission for the Eagle County SEAC We are an independent parent/school collaborative group committed to working in an advisory capacity to make a positive difference in the education of students with special needs. Our vision is that all learners are respected and challenged with high expectations, their needs are met and student aspirations for success are fulfilled.
Early Intervention Services can be accessed as early as birth (or pre-birth) to set up therapies and education for children ages 0 to 3. For more information, click here.
Case Management is available through MVDS for children and adults. For more information on this valuable connection, click here.
Early Learning Centers
The Early Learning centers listed here are for ALL children and do meet the needs of children with disabilities.
The Family Learning Center website can be found here. Their mission is, "to work in partnership with the community as a non-denominational, not-for-profit organization to serve children and families in the Eagle River Valley of Eagle County, Colorado. We provide affordable, quality early childhood learning programs and child care, using developmentally appropriate practices in a safe, healthy and nurturing environment."
ROARING FORK VALLEY
Department of Vocational Rehabilitation
General information for the DVR can be found here.
The Glenwood Springs office serves both Eagle County and The Roaring Fork Valley. They can be reached at:
Office Type : Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Phone Number: (970) 945-1042
Understanding the IEP
An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is a legal document created for individuals with disabilities who are in school. The IEP is for students ages 3 through 21.
The Colorado Department of Education has published a helpful document on How the IEP Process Works. The ARC of Jefferson County published it on their website. It can be found here.
Other Educational Stages and Supports
Individuals with disabilities who are between the ages of 0 and 3 have a different kind of plan to support early development. It is called an Individualized Family Service Plan. The State of Colorado has a published guidebook that can be downloaded here.
There is another guidebook for Early Intervention and it can be found here.
Valley Life for All hosted a Panel Discussion in July of 2016 that focused specifically on Inclusion in Early Childhood. The video of the Panel Discussion can be accessed here.
Transition is the age when individuals with disabilities transition to life in their local community and includes continuing education and employment. The state of Colorado has a Family Guidebook that can be downloaded here.
Valley Life for All has a current project dedicated to individuals who are transitioning from school support to community support. It is called the Providers Collaborative. Information for this project can be found here.