Student Disability Advisor: Colorado

If you are a Colorado student with a disability and find that academic or disciplinary issues are creating obstacles in your education, you have rights. In 2015, the Colorado Department of Education reported that approximately 6,500 students with intellectual and developmental disabilities live in Colorado. If you are among them, know that state and federal laws, rules, and regulations are there to protect you if your Colorado school fails to recognize or accommodate your qualifying disability. National education attorney-advisor Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm's Student Defense Team are also ready to stand behind you in your dispute, or your child's dispute, with a Colorado K-12 school, college, or university.

Rights for Students with Disabilities in Colorado

All students, regardless of disability status, have a legal right to a free appropriate education. Further, the 1990 Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) outlines the rights and protections students with disabilities have under federal law, and what responsibilities schools have to serve all students equitably.

IDEA is the primary federal law requiring Colorado's schools, colleges, and universities to reasonably accommodate student disabilities. IDEA re