Through its PEA training program, the Law Center supports students with disabilities in pursuit of an education.
Partners in Education Advocacy

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. 

 

 

OKLAHOMA'S READING SUFFICIENCY ACT (RSA)

  • Oklahoma State Department of Education's RSA Website 
  • ODLC Open Letter to Oklahoma Families - click here (The ODLC letter was written before the statutory amendment which postponed implementation of the retention deadline in Oklahoma.  The delay for implementing the retention portion will extend through the 2014-2015 school year.)

 

DYSLEXIA IS DEFINITELY COVERED BY IDEA, so says the Oklahoma State Department of Education.  Read their opinion and show to your child's school if they tell you otherwise click here

If you need help with obtaining an appropriate education for your child with dyslexia, contact our office.  click here

 

RESOURCES FOR ACCOMMODATIIONS FROM STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (should not be considered exhaustive):

  • Accommodations Guide, click here
  • OSTP Accommodations for Students on IEP or Section 504 Plan, click here
  • SDE Professional Development Modules on Accommodations, click here
  • SDE Presentation at Vision 2020 on Revised State Testing Accommodations, click here

 

 

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News

US ED issues Restraint and Seclusion Resource Document, May 2012

Press release -US Department of Education state-by-state restraint & seclusion information with a link to their 224-page report.  Go to page 161 to read about Oklahoma. 

Law center public comment on SDE's S/R guidelines

CEC Adopts New Policy on Physical R/S, September 2009; CCBD Issues Position Statement on Physical R/S in School Settings, July 2009 -- with two longer statements on restraint and seclusion.

Secretary Duncan asks states to review their guidelines for use of R/S  Press Release   Letter to SDE

Oklahoma State Department of Education - Guidelines for Minimizing Restraint and Guidelines for Minimizing Seclusion 

MEDIA ALERT:  National Disability Rights Network released shocking report on seclusion and restraint in U. S. schools; NDRN's Investigative Report on Abusive Restraint and Seclusion in Schools, January 2009.  Follow up Report in 2010.  Updated Report in 2012.

Statement of Opposition to Restraint and Seclusion of Students with Disabilities in Public Schools by law center, with picture of seclusion room in urban schooland pictures of seclusion room in rural school

S/R:  Selected Cases of Death and Abuse at Public and Private Schools and Treatment Centers, May 29, 2009, GAO Report

Abuse in Schools Is Widespread, CBS News

Schools Restrain, USA Today

CNN Article "Children Forced into Cell-Like Seclusion Rooms," December 2008

Take law center restraint survey, click here

Alliance to Prevent Restraint, Aversive Interventions and Seclusion (APRAIS)

PBIS:  Effective Discipline for Student Success -- Reducing Student and Teacher Dropout Rates, 2008.

Law center opposes legislatively-created restriction placed on children with mental illness who live in the community in a therapeutic foster home, read memo

FTC Facts for Consumers, Considering a Private Residential Treatment Program for a Troubled Teen?  Questions for Parents and Guardians to Ask, July, 2008.

NICHCY:  What's New?

Wrightslaw - The Special Ed Advocate - all issues

Wrightslaw - Free Online Newsletters

"Partners in Education" is a six-hour self-directed e-learning course to help parents better understand and maximize the benefits of special education services and inclusion for their children.   The course has been updated to reflect IDEA 2004

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