Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Making Your Holidays Successful


Music Therapy

Parents Night Out

Come join us on Friday January 11th

5:00-8:00 pm

Please RSVP by Monday Jan 7th

Bring your kids to Milestone Pediatric Therapy Services and let our licensed therapists take care of them for an evening while you enjoy some free time alone or time to get something done!

All kids ages 0-15 years old welcome

$25/child     10% off each additional sibling

Please bring dinner or a snack for your child if they will be hungry.  **No Nuts**  We will have some fun activities planned in the gyms and treatment rooms and then settle down for a movie.

6970 S Holly Circle #200, Centennial, CO  80112

(720) 287-4185


Thursday, November 29, 2018

Unified Programs

Don’t delay - January marks the start of Unified Basketball Season for DCSD middle and high schools!

You might ask…What exactly are Unified Programs (Unified Sports and Unified Clubs)?  Unified Programs join students with and without special learning needs who want to get involved in a sport or club while creating friendships, building self-confidence and improving social skills*.  

The annual kickoff rally for Unified Programs is an unforgettable event with cheers, excitement and enthusiasm shared by ALL students and teachers.  It’s amazing to feel the sense of inclusion, and in turn, the school community shines.  When a school is a champion for Unified Programs, the staff perceives their school community to have higher levels of:
  • respect for diversity
  • social and emotional security
  • social and civic learning
DCSEAC’s SSN Parent Support Group monthly meetings produced feedback that some Unified Programs are not as consistent as others within the district.  As a result, DCSEAC has begun collaborations with DCSD on how to increase the consistency of Unified Sports from school to school and make them all strong programsThe goals include:
  • Ensuring every student who is interested in participating in a Unified Program has the opportunity, no matter which DCSD middle or high school they attend  
  • All parents are informed about Unified Programs and have the opportunity to encourage their student to be involved.  
Is your student interested in participating, or would you like more information?  Please contact your school’s learning specialist or SSN teacher for more information about Unified Sports and/or Unified Clubs. 

Please contact Melina DePasse at melinalyn@gmail.com with general questions or comments.

*Results of research provided by Special Olympics Colorado.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

DCSD Early Childhood Department - Preschool to Kindergarten Transition Process Information Meetings

DCSD Early Childhood Department is sponsoring regional Preschool to Kindergarten Transition Process information meetings! For more information and to RSVP, please click here.

These informational meetings will help families better understand how to prepare for the changes in educational processes as their child transitions from Preschool to Kindergarten. A panel of Preschool and Kindergarten educators will be at each of the regional meetings.  Representation on the panel may include Kindergarten, Elementary Administration, Special Education, Transportation, Nursing and Early Childhood Education.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Stronger Together - SED Families Support Group - Kick Off!

Support group for parents/caregivers of students who receive SED support.  Meetings will take place the first Thursday of the month.  

     Where:   Starbucks at Lincoln Commons in Lone Tree 
     9998 Commons St, Lone Tree, CO 80124

     Time:  6:30 - 8:00pm

     Date: Kick-Off Meeting - Thursday, November 1

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

DCSEAC October Newsletter

To read our October Newsletter, please click here. 

Alternate Diploma for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) is hosting a series of Stakeholders’ Education and Feedback Sessions to provide information on an alternate diploma for students with significant cognitive disabilities, and the implications of a Colorado state-defined alternate diploma. CDE will be collecting comments from participants during these meetings to be shared with executive leadership to determine the need for a Colorado state-defined alternate diploma for students with significant cognitive disabilities.

To learn more about these sessions, their dates, times and locations, please click here.

Friday, September 28, 2018

HRHS and Developmental Pathways present: *Resource Symposium*

Date: Thursday, October 4th
Time: 6:30 - 8 PM
Location: Highlands Ranch High School, SSN Room 1190 Register!
  • Overview of Community Outreach Department
  • Family Support Services Program
  • Community Outreach Program
  • Initiatives
  • Events
  • Partnerships
  • Overview of Supported Living Services (SLS) Waiver and Developmental Disabilities Waiver
  • Intake/Enrollment Process
  • Brief overview of SSI/Medicaid requirements
  • Brief overview of PASA’s (Program Approved Service Agency)
CDASS/Family Caregiver options
Light refreshments will be served :)

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Douglas County School District Special Education Task Force: Parent and Staff Survey

DCSD is looking for your personalized input (anonymous) on Special Education services. This is your chance to provide feedback, rate services, and be heard by the district. 

Superintendent, Dr. Thomas Tucker, joins first DCSEAC District Board Meeting of the school year!

Superintendent, Dr. Thomas Tucker, came to DCSEAC's first District Board Meeting of the 2018-19 school year.  During the meeting, Dr. Tucker first asked the group for their questions, and spoke candidly about his philosophy that ALL students need and deserve a proper education in Douglas County.  He feels strongly that all students on IEPs must have their needs met, and encourages parents to take the Douglas County School District Special Education Task Force: Parent & Staff Survey (for more information, click here).  In addition, Dr. Tucker covered the district's need for additional funding via the Bond/Mill Levy override on the November ballot.  He spoke to how greater compensation and professional development for teachers and staff would greatly aid in filling positions such as special education teachers, EA's, transportation staff, and counselors for all students.  If you would like more information on the Bond/Mill Levy, please click here.  DCSEAC meetings do not permit personal agendas, but Dr. Tucker asked all parents to talk about their student/s on IEPs.  His warm and attentive demeanor allowed members to share triumphs and struggles.  It was a great honor to meet and learn more about our district's new leader, and we would like to extend our appreciation to him for coming.
From left to right: Kerri Tompkins (DCSEAC), Janis DeBaca (Developmental Pathways), Tricia Zabelin (DCSEAC), Sabrina West (DCSEAC), Kirah Johnson (DCSEAC), Dr. Tucker (DCSD Superintendent), Kara Lewis (DCSEAC), Sarah Cannon (DCSD Director of Personalized Learning), Melina Depasse (DCSEAC), Lynnette Steinhoff (DCSD Director of Personalized Learning), Danielle Kombo (DCSEAC), David Ray (DCSD Board of Education Director), Alisa Creamer (DCSD Special Education Coordinator), not pictured - Nancy Ingalls (DCSD Personalized Learning Officer), unable to attend - Robin Evans (DCSEAC) and Marisa Ala (DCSEAC).

Thursday, August 30, 2018

DCSEAC Support Groups - Upcoming Meetings

Need support? We're here to help! Please join us for our next support group meetings that fit your needs. For more information and additional meeting dates, please click here.

  • SSN (Significant Special Needs) Support Group - Tuesday, September 18 from 10-11:30am, Lone Tree Library, Event Hall Meeting Room 
  • Stronger Together - SED Families Support Group - Kick-Off Meeting - Thursday, November 1 from 6:30 - 8:00pm, Marisa Ala’s house, 4676 Briarglen Lane, Highlands Ranch, CO 80130

DCSEAC & Healing Our Youth Event

Get Educated:  Youth Mental Health and Wellness 
  • Wednesday, October 3
  • 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Cresthill Middle School

     To register for free, click here!
  • Listen to a parent’s perspective on raising a child with a mental disorder 
  • Learn important facts/statistics about mental disorders and the basic biology of mental disorders 
  • Learn  about the adolescent brain and teen substance use
  • Learn to identify unhealthy adolescent behavior  
  • Learn what treatments are available for mental disorders and the steps to take to access treatment 
  • Connect with experts and resources in mental health 
  • Talk one-on-one with mental health professionals 
  • 2 CE credits offered
  • Light refreshments include
      For more information, click here.

Community Partners

DCSEAC partners with a number of organizations dedicated to helping those with special education needs in our community. Please see the below links for current offerings!

Douglas County School District Board of Education Authorizes Bond, Mill Levy Override for 2018 Ballot

The biggest concern for Douglas County School District is growing funding challenges. On August 21, 2018, the Douglas County School District Board of Education voted to place a $40 million Mill Levy Override (MLO) and $250 million Bond on the 2018 ballot. If passed, these funds would stay local to help the 68,000+ students in Douglas County Schools. 

You might ask; what would these funds mean for special education? While we don’t have an exact answer, we do know that the funds would help the following areas, all of which have a big impact on students with IEPs. If you would like more information, please visit DCSD’s Funding Page.
  • COMPENSATION - Increased pay to help recruit and retain classified staff (i.e. special education teachers, EAs and transportation staff).
  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT - Increased support for ongoing education of afore mentioned staff.
  • CAPITAL REPAIRS - Address school buildings issues such as heating and cooling systems, roofing, carpeting, fire alarm systems, plumbing, etc.
  • TRANSPORTATION - Replace aging buses. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Summer Opportunities

Summer is coming!  Are you ready?  Below are resourceful links to therapeutic programs, classes and camps offered in our community over the summer months.  Don’t delay, spaces run out fast!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Students with Mild/Moderate Needs Going to College (article and resources)

Students with Mild/Moderate Needs Going to College
By Kirah Johnson

On February 13th, 2018 DCSEAC sponsored a presentation for Students with Mild Moderate needs that want to go college.  The event was a big success with over 60 people attending!

Presenters at the event were Meghan Johnson (HRHS Student w/Moderate Needs), Kirah Johnson (HRHS Parent), Judy Jordan (18-21 Bridge Transition Program Coordinator for DCSD) and Melissa Cermak (Assistant Director from the Access Center at Metropolitan State University).  Presentations included everything from helpful tips while searching for a college, with steps that can be taken now, to differences between college and high school accommodations. The evening concluded with a Q&A session where parents and students were able to get all of their questions answered.

DCSEAC is extremely appreciative of all the speakers for taking the time to come speak and provide such helpful advice.  A special shout out to the maintenance team at Cresthill Middle School for all of your assistance!

DCSEAC hopes to present this program yearly, so that many more will be able to share in this knowledge.  

Developmental Pathways - Newsletter

Developmental Pathways Newsletter

Summer Therapy Groups


The Decline of Play in Preschool (Article)

“Research continues to point out that young children learn best through meaningful play experiences…” read The decline of play in preschoolers — and the rise in sensory issues article/blog post from the Washington Post. DCSD preschools are integrating this method correctly with a play and social skills based program!

Upcoming Events!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Abigale's Foundation Painting Party

April 27 // 4:00 pm5:30 pm at Eagle Ridge Elementary School

Event Navigation

Let your creativity flow! Your children are invited to a canvas painting party hosted by Abigale Marie’s Family Foundation! Darcy DeAno, an incredibly talented local art teacher, will lead your children through this wonderful class. Each participant will create their very own masterpiece which will be theirs to keep. All supplies will be provided. Space is limited and event is free. To register, please email: abigalesfoundation@gmail.com – include the number of child painters, their age and your contact information. If you have any questions, please use this same email.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Please click link below for Developmental Pathways Publication for Summer Camps 2018!

2018 Summer Camp Guide

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Honor your "Shining Star" this week with a printable certificate - this certificate can be given to your child's favorite teacher, Education Assistant, Bus Driver, etc.  Please click the Shining Star 2018 tab to access certificate.

Please click on 2017-2018 resource flyers tab for the most recent happenings!  For example - "Special Easter Hunt Egg" and workshop for Life after High School.