Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Inc. (ODLC) is the federally funded protection and advocacy system for Oklahomans with disabilities. Over 90,000 students in Oklahoma are eligible for special education services. ODLC designed and implemented a training program known as "Partners in Education Advocacy." Graduates are often called "PEA Pods," because they return to their urban and rural communities to provide assistance to parents and students.
The training program for lay advocates was initiated by ODLC in 2001. The course includes ethics, a variety of state and federal statutes, testing and evaluation, assistive technology, cultural competence, and other educational subjects. Please read the "ethics" section of this website.
New opinion in federal case in Oklahoma --
Sutherlin v. ISD No. 40 of Nowata County, Oklahoma
Case No. 12-CV-636-JED-PJC, USDC ND Okla. (opinion dated May 13, 2013)
New opinion in federal appeals court --
Muskrat v. Deer Creek Public Schools
Case No. 11-6194, U. S. Court of Appeals Tenth Circuit (April 23, 2013)
OKLAHOMA'S READING SUFFICIENCY ACT (RSA)
Oklahoma State Department of Education's RSA Website
Oklahoma State Department of Education's Reach Website
iRead brochure from OSDE
ODLC Open Letter to Oklahoma Families - click here
DUE PROCESS HEARINGS THROUGH SPECIAL EDUCATION RESOLUTION CENTER (SERC)
Our office does not encourage parents to file due process hearings on their own (often called "pro se"). You are required to know the law, regulations and guidelines for conducting a hearing and all the substantive law and regulations which apply to the merits of your case.
First, we recommend that you read IDEA and its regulations. If you do not have a copy, you may find them online or obtain a copy of the books from Wrightslaw. At various times in the proceeding you will be asked to give citations to the authority which supports the legal conclusion you want the hearing officer to adopt. You will also need to understand the applicable law so that you will know what facts are important for you to present to the hearing officer. You need to understand the difference between a legal conclusion and a statement of fact.
Second, you must read the State Department of Education's book entitled, "Due Process in Special Education: Guidelines for Parents and School Administrators." This document may be obtained by clicking here.
Third, we recommend that you become familiar with all the information on the SERC website, click here.
Fourth, you must read the Frequently Asked Questions section of the SERC website, click here.
Finally, you must follow all instructions from your hearing officer during the course of your proceeding. One of the frequent requests is that you provide a pretrial-type statement. This is a format that is not familiar to many parents. Attached is a sample which gives you a general idea of what may be asked of you, click here. The sections should reflect titles that correspond to what the hearing officer is asking you to provide before the hearing.