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06/15/2016
www.sos.ok.gov

NEW STATUTE: HB 1697
(must read)

We usually write larger articles (and less frequently) for this FB page.

We don't know what to write yet about this new statute which becomes effective November 1, 2016 (HB 1697). We are sharing the statute with you so you can give us feedback before we begin writing. What are you thinking this new statute might mean to you and/or your family? If you are going to send us any comments which contain confidential information (particularly mental health information), please send those comments to the private message section of this FB. Or, you may send them directly to ODLC. Email your message with a notation in this block "Re: HB 1697." The line that says it's about this particular statute might help us find it. The main phone number for ODLC is 405-525-7755. Call and let staff know you wrote ODLC at this email address: [email protected]

NEW STATUTE: https://www.sos.ok.gov/documents/legislation/55th/2016/2R/HB/1697.pdf

02/25/2015
Oklahoma CEC 50th Celebration

We've come along way in Oklahoma in the last decade. We were a little slow getting started on PBIS, which resulted in the use of several ineffective and harmful approaches to behavior issues in our classrooms. Who would have ever dreamed we would see this one day? Dr. Laura Riffel is the keynote speaker for the annual conference of Oklahoma CEC this week in Oklahoma City. It's their 50th anniversary celebration too. We are pleased to see so much progress on this PBIS issue -- it's beneficial to both school staff and students. We still have a ways to go since we have over 500 school districts! But we are encouraged by Oklahoma CEC's choice for a keynote speaker! -->

As the recognized leader for special education professional standards, CEC develops standards, ethics and practices and guidelines to ensure that individuals with exceptionalities have access to well-prepared, career-oriented special educators.

02/25/2015
Proposed bill hopes to detect dyslexia in students earlier

Proposed bill hopes to detect dyslexia in students earlier

OKLAHOMA CITY - Michelle Keiper couldn't figure out why her son was struggling to learn how to spell. "I started to notice his spelling. We could study. We would get the spelling words on Friday. W...

05/06/2014

From Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) -->

: We will have an RSA hotline available from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. May 12-23. School districts call 405-521-3301, parents call 405-521-3774.

07/11/2013
http://www.peapods.us/UserFiles/File/Letter%20about%20RSA%207-10-13%20for%20general%20distribution.p

Please share our open letter to Oklahoma families about the Reading Sufficiency Act and its impact on their children. It applies to all children, with or without disabilities. The State Department of Education says that this law means, "We are not going to give up on struggling students; we are going to invest in them." The law was passed in 2005 and schools should have been working on its requirements for awhile; this next school year begins the third grade retention portion. --->

07/11/2013

The Reading Sufficiency Act is located in Oklahoma statutes at 70 O.S. Sec. 1210.508A through 1210.516. You must also read the regulations for this statute to understand its implementation. These were the Legislative findings and purpose for the statute, which was enacted in 2005:

A. The Legislature finds that it is essential for children in the public schools to read early and well in elementary school. The Legislature further finds that clear and visible goals, assessments to determine the reading level at each elementary school, annual measurements of elementary school reading improvement, and accountability in each level of the educational system will result in a significant increase in the number of children reading at or above grade level.

B. The purpose of the Reading Sufficiency Act is to ensure that each child attains the necessary reading skills by completion of the third grade which will enable that student to continue development of reading skills and to succeed throughout school and life.

C. Each public school district in this state shall ensure that a majority of the instructional time each day of the school year in kindergarten through third grade is focused on reading and mathematics. The State Board of Education shall encourage school districts to integrate the teaching of the other curricular areas in the Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS) adopted by the Board with the instruction of reading and mathematics. All teachers of reading in the public schools in this state in kindergarten through third grade shall incorporate into instruction the five elements of reading instruction which are phonemic awareness, phonics, reading fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.

D. The reading goal for Oklahoma public schools is as follows: By July 1, 2008, and each year thereafter, all third-grade students will read at or above grade level by the end of their third-grade year, excluding up to fifteen percent (15%) of those students who have an individualized education program (IEP), pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and excluding those students who are English language learners who have been determined not to be proficient in English as defined by a state-designated English proficiency assessment. To achieve the reading goal, each public elementary school shall:

1. Determine its baseline no later than September 1, 2005, which shall be the percentage of students reading at or above third-grade level as determined by the percentage of students scoring proficient or above on the third-grade criterion-referenced test in reading, administered pursuant to Section 1210.508 of this title; and

2. Set and achieve annual improvement goals necessary to progress from the baseline established in 2005 to the reading goal by July 1, 2008. The annual improvement goals shall be included in the district's reading sufficiency plan required in Section 1210.508C of this title.

E. The State Board of Education shall recognize schools and districts that attain or make progress toward achieving the reading goal and shall provide technical assistance to schools and districts that do not make progress toward the reading goal. The district reading sufficiency plan shall be submitted to the State Board if the district has any schools that are not achieving the required annual improvement goals pursuant to this section.

07/11/2013
REAC3H Network | Oklahoma State Department of Education

The OSDE's Reach coaches provide technical assistance to all of the schools in Oklahoma.

Network PurposeTo provide leadership to Oklahoma schools by creating open communication via REAC3H Summits, by providing technical assistance and resources, and assisting schools in collaboration during transition to a new Teacher and Leader Effectiveness system, statewide reforms, and the Oklahoma…

07/11/2013
Reading Sufficiency Act | Oklahoma State Department of Education

We will be posting articles on the ODLC facebook account about the Reading Sufficiency Act. If you have a child in Oklahoma in kindergarten through third grade this coming school year, you must understand this statute. The postings on this page are not intended to be private and confidential. If you want to talk to us about your child, please contact us directly.

70-1210.508C - Reading Sufficiency Act (RSA) [includes all new law passed in July, 2012] - (pdf)70-1210.508D - RSA Funding (pdf)70-1210.508E - Includes Parent Notification, Grade Promotion, Summer Academy Programs, and Expansion of Requirements (pdf)70-1210.508F - RSA Teacher Training (pdf)70-7001 -...

03/08/2012
National Disability Rights Network

National Disability Rights Network

Although NDRN has documented for several years that the use of restraint and seclusion is a prevalent issue around the United States, we were first saddened and then outraged to see the data issued by the Department of ED. The fact that students with disabilities represent 12% of the students in the data sample, yet make up 70% of those physically restrained is unconscionable. There must be a more in-depth investigation of the numbers of students restrained and secluded, where and why this is occurring, and actions needed to prevent the use of these practices. Furthermore, ED needs to further examine why there is a disproportionate number of students of color with disabilities being restrained and secluded.

03/08/2012
Website of the Week: National Council on Disability

Website of the Week: National Council on Disability

The National Council on Disability (NCD) is a small, independent federal agency charged with advising the President, Congress, and other federal agencies regarding policies, programs, practices, and procedures that affect people with disabilities. NCD is comprised of a team of fifteen Senate-confirm...

03/08/2012
A Special Offer Just for You - Ends Midnight Tonight, March 8!

A Special Offer Just for You - Ends Midnight Tonight, March 8!

Since IEP Season is just around the corner, we thought it would be a great time to offer 25% off your next Wrightslaw purchase. All Wrightslaw books, CDs, Combos, and Advocacy Supplies are included.

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Too many parent caregivers are isolated, exhausted, and unseen.

RSVP for our special screening of Unseen: Caregiver Documentary on Feb. 16th | 5:30 pm at Tower Theatre OKC.
http://ow.ly/sJQZ50MEXzK

The film opens up an important discussion about the challenges facing many parent caregivers and what we can all do to help. Respite vouchers available. Email [email protected] to apply.

Sponsored by Gatesway Foundation, Autism Foundation of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Inc. and Sooner SUCCESS.
The Center for Learning and Leadership/UCEDD and the Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Inc. invite you to the family training on Long-term Planning - Financial and Employment Options Jan. 18th at noon. Registration is required.

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvf-uvqjIvG9T-FjEFHj3Dd7nVeg49xl6R

Participants in this training will learn about long-term supports and benefits, including waiver supports, and options for community-integrated employment such as Ticket to Work. Attendees will also learn about saving money through OK STABLE accounts beyond the typical Medicaid asset limits. Learn about what could be available for the people in your lives with IDD.
The Center for Learning and Leadership/UCEDD and the Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Inc. invite you to the family training on Long-term Planning - Financial and Employment Options Jan. 18th at noon. Registration is required.

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvf-uvqjIvG9T-FjEFHj3Dd7nVeg49xl6R

Participants in this training will learn about long-term supports and benefits, including waiver supports, and options for community-integrated employment such as Ticket to Work. Attendees will also learn about saving money through OK STABLE accounts beyond the typical Medicaid asset limits. Learn about what could be available for the people in your lives with IDD.
The Center for Learning and Leadership/UCEDD and the Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Inc. invite you to the family training on Long-term Planning - Financial and Employment Options Jan. 18th at noon. Registration is required.

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvf-uvqjIvG9T-FjEFHj3Dd7nVeg49xl6R

Participants in this training will learn about long-term supports and benefits, including waiver supports, and options for community-integrated employment such as Ticket to Work. Attendees will also learn about saving money through OK STABLE accounts beyond the typical Medicaid asset limits. Learn about what could be available for the people in your lives with IDD.
Reminder from Oklahoma State Election Board: If you requested an absentee ballot, but did not vote it, you may vote at your Election Day polling place. You will sign an affidavit affirming that you did not vote the absentee ballot.

Find your polling place at the OK Voter Portal: https://oklahoma.gov/elections/ovp.html

Call the Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Inc. Voter Hotline if you need help understanding your voting rights or if you encounter a problem voting 855-468-VOTE(8683)
Get out and cast your vote Oklahoma! Polls are open 7 am ot 7 pm. Make sure you're prepared before you head to the polls.

Find your polling place and view a sample ballot: https://oklahoma.gov/elections/ovp.html
See the election list: https://hosting.okelections.us/electionlist.html

Call the OOklahoma Disability Law Center, Inc.Voter Hotline if you need help understanding your voting rights or if you encounter a problem voting 855-468-VOTE(8683)
Shout out and many thanks to all of the vendors and first responders who showed up to interact with community and share resources, as well as information to help their students have a successful year. Tulsa Police Department Tulsa County Sheriff's Office (TCSO) Tulsa Fire Department Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Tulsa Legacy Charter School Guts Church Tulsa Health Department Tulsa City-County Library Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Inc. Developmental Disabilities Council of Oklahoma Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services One Church One Child Tulsa The Parent Child Center of Tulsa Social Security Administration Oklahoma Parents Center Oklahoma Mothers' Milk Bank US Cellular American Red Cross
Our first class is next Tuesday Workflow Commons & Offices! Sign-up today through the QR code on the flier. Training is free and 2 CLE’s are available! Brought to you by the Oklahoma Bar Foundation.

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The Center for Learning and Leadership/UCEDD and the Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Inc. invite you to the family training on Waiver Basics, understanding Oklahoma's Home and Community Based Services waiver for people with disabilities living in Oklahoma. They will be offering a basic overview of waivers and allow for time to ask questions on Friday, June 17th at noon.

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0sceypqjIsH9RVabK9GpSpvenWduMXWqLM?fbclid=IwAR2-da4GXQ08kVvgcXACoAcO-B82DNHx5LkP0zGWwhBq-r5GhohruskRk7A
ICYMI: The Oklahoma Health Care Authority is reducing and denying hours for many medically fragile children receiving private duty nursing through SoonerCare. If your child has been affected, you have the right to appeal the decision. Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Inc. can help with the appeals process.
The Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Inc. is helping people with disabilities avoid eviction during the COVID-fueled recession. If you need help, call them at 1-800-880-7755.
Did you vote in the election on March 3rd? Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Inc. needs individuals with help to improve voting access in Oklahoma by completing this short survey below.

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Did you vote in the election on March 3rd? Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Inc. needs individuals with help to improve voting access in Oklahoma by completing this short survey below.

https://electionmarch2020.questionpro.com/
Engaging People with Disabilities and Families in Person Centered Planning - w/ Ruthie-Marie Beckwith, TASH; Tia Nelis, TASH; Mark Friedman CUNY School of Professional Studies, Nancy Ward, Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Inc.

Register at http://bit.ly/PacRim20reg
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Person Centered Planning (P*P) has emerged as a critical tool for helping individuals with disabilities identify goals they want to achieve across the lifespan. Planning for transition aged youth with disabilities relies on developing Individual Education Transition Plans. This presentation explores how a person centered planning process can be used to help strengthen Individual Education Transition Plans, with a particular emphasis on employment. Presenters will share the history of person centered planning, an overview of various approaches in current use, and provide tools for preparing students and families for becoming active members in the planning process.
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1. Identify personal strengths, gifts and talents for themselves and family members.
2. Gain an understanding of the goals and outcomes of the person centered planning process.
3. Understand the origins and evolution of P*P.
4. Gain knowledge on how P*P can be used to enhance the transition process.
5. Learn how to integrate P*P in the IEP process.
6. Learn different P*P tools i.e. PATH, Essential Life Planning, Life Course Planning.
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Ruthie-Marie Beckwith, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of TASH, Inc. and a national consultant who helps people with disabilities develop and implement strategies for greater autonomy in their daily lives. She was the founder and principal partner of Blue Fire Consulting and provided consulting services across the United States in areas of self-determination, community organizing, leadership development, and self-employment. Committed to grassroots approaches to empowerment and resource mobilization, she has served as the founder and Executive Director of the two statewide non-profit organizations dedicated to helping people with disabilities; The Tennessee Association of Microboards and Cooperatives, Inc. and People First of Tennessee, Inc.

Tia Nelis is the Policy and Advocacy Director for TASH. Her proudest achievement as a self-advocate is when she found her voice by learning about self-advocacy with her friends. All of them coming together as a group with support, learned about self-advocacy and other leadership skills. That taught them how to speak-up and use their voice. Today, she gets to share her advocacy skills and leadership skills with others as a part of her job. She gets excited when she supports other people to find their voice and see them speak-up for what they want for the first time and to know that she had something to do with it. Tia is the past president of Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered and a trained facilitator of person centered planning using PATH (Planning Alternatives Together with Hope).

Mark Friedman, Ph.D. teaches Disability Studies as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the City University of New York. He serves as a Subject Matter Expert in participant engagement to the National Center on Advancing Person Centered Practices and Systems. Dr. Friedman's primary work has been helping people with disabilities gain a voice in their lives through self-advocacy and policy making and helping people move from large state institutions into community programs. He has presented to audiences in 22 states, provided advocacy training in Ecuador and Kosovo, and authored thirteen publications.

Nancy Ward is an advocate with the Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Inc. She is the voting coordinator at the center. The center is the federally funded protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities in Oklahoma. Nancy has been with the center since 2005. Nancy is actively involved in People First, a Self-Advocacy grassroots organization. She helped organize the first nation-wide Self-Advocacy organization, SABE (Self Advocates Becoming Empowered). She has spoken on disability issues worldwide including countries such as China, Japan and Dubai. She has spoken to members of Congress and Oklahoma’s Legislature on disability issues and awareness, resulting in Oklahoma passing legislation in 2007 requiring any new laws use respectful language when referring to individuals with disabilities.
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Facebook Image Description: Welcomes. Ruthie-Marie Beckwith, TASH; Tia Nelis, TASH; Mark Friedman, CUNY; & Nancy Ward, Oklahoma Disability Law Center. Engaging People with Disabilities and Families in Person Centered Planning. March 2 - 3, 2020 Honolulu, Hawaiʻi - pacrim.hawaii.edu. Images of PacRim & Inclusion logos, presenters