Special Education


LPS places a high value on supporting every student to meet their learning potential. Students with disabilities, preschool through age 21, receive support in all district schools. A priority is to include every student in general education while recognizing and meeting individual needs through special education resources.


LPS Child Find Team provides free developmental screenings for newborns and children up to five years of age who show delays in development that could interfere with their education and learning. Families must live within the District boundaries to access these services.


All LPS schools provide identification services to determine a student’s eligibility for special education services. If you are concerned about your child, please contact your school directly.

Identification Podcast for Parents


Each school site has a Learning Support Services team of professionals that can vary according to the needs of students in the building. Additionally, the District has a variety of center-based programs designed to provide more intensive support.

Preparing for the IEP -Podcast for Parents

IEP Services - Podcast for Parents

Special Education

Melissa Cooper
Director of Special Education
Janie Youderian
Coordinator, Elementary Special Education
Jennifer Templeton
Coordinator, Secondary Special Education
Carla Larson
Coordinator, Student Support Services
Barbara Ritchie
Coordinator, Special Programs

Special Services Accountability Committee (SSAC)

Summer Resource Fair Vendor Links

Ability Specialists - www.AbilitySpecialists.com

Adams Camp - www.adamscamp.org

Developmental Pathways - www.dpcolo.org

Easter Seals - www.eastersealscolorado.org

GoldStar Learning - www.gsloinc.com

Highlands Ranch Therapeutic Recreation - www.hrcaonline.org/classes-camps-activities/therapeutic-recreation

National Sports Center for the Disabled - www.nscd.org

REVEL - www.RevelinLife.org

Spectrum - www.spectrumco.com

Stepping Stone Support Center - www.steppingstonesupportcenter.com

Wellspring Community - www.weAREwellspring.org

Parent Resources/Workshops - FutureU SWAP Event, Step Up Into Life After High SchoolStep Up Into Life After High School - SpanishTransition FairTransition Fair - Spanish 2017