Chapter 2. Section 1

Chapter 2: Education


Section 1: Education Legal Provisions


Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Visit Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Website

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits disability-based discrimination in employment, state and local government programs, transportation which serves the public, public places (such as businesses and commercial establishments) and telecommunications (largely telephone services). Title II of the ADA applies to state and local government programs and thus applies to public schools and to many colleges and vocational schools.

U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section - NYA
Washington , DC 20530

TTY: 

800-514-0383

Toll Free: 

800-514-0301

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Visit Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Website

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.

Infants and toddlers with disabilities (birth-2) and their families receive early intervention services under IDEA Part C. Children and youth (ages 3-21) receive special education and related services under IDEA Part B.

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
400 Maryland Ave., S.W. , U.S. Department of Education, Potomac Plaza Center
Washington , DC 20202

Voice: 

202-245-7468

TTY: 

800-877-8339

Office for Civil Rights

Visit Office for Civil Rights Website

Email:

OCR@ed.gov

OCR's mission is to ensure equal access to education. The office conducts compliance reviews, provides technical assistance to help entities comply with civil rights laws in education and receives and resolves complaints.

U.S. Department of Education Customer Service Team
400 Maryland Ave., S.W.
Washington , DC 20202

TTY: 

877-521-2172

Toll Free: 

800-421-3481

Fax: 

202-245-6840

Office for Civil Rights For Oklahoma

Email:

OCR.KansasCity@ed.gov

Regional offices handle complaints under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other civil rights laws.

U.S. Department of Education Kansas City Office
8930 Ward Parkway, Ste. 2037
Kansas City , MO 64114

Voice: 

816-268-0550

TTY: 

877-521-2172

Fax: 

816-823-1404

Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Inc. - Oklahoma City

Visit Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Inc. - Oklahoma City Website

ODLC has helped people with disabilities achieve equality, inclusion in society and personal independence without regard to disabling conditions.

300 Cameron Building
2915 Classen Blvd.
Oklahoma City , OK 73106

Voice: 

405-525-7755

TTY: 

405-525-7755

Toll Free: 

800-880-7755

Fax: 

405-525-7759

Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Inc. - Tulsa

Visit Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Inc. - Tulsa Website

ODLC has helped people with disabilities achieve equality, inclusion in society and personal independence without regard to disabling conditions.

2828 E. 51 St., Ste. 302
Tulsa , OK 74105

Voice: 

918-743-6220

TTY: 

800-226-5883

Toll Free: 

800-226-5883

Fax: 

918-743-7157

Oklahoma Parents Center

Visit Oklahoma Parents Center Website

Email:

okparentctr@aol.com

Oklahoma Parents Center is a statewide information and training program for parents of children and youth with disabilities. The program helps parents learn about basic rights of children and parents under special education law, Individualized Education Programs, transition from school to work or higher education, and other services available for children with disabilities.

223 North Broadway, P.O. Box 512
Holdenville , OK 74848

Voice: 

405-379-6015

Toll Free: 

877-553-4332 (parents only)

Fax: 

405-379-2106

Rehabilitation Act

Section 504 prohibits disability-based discrimination in programs receiving federal financial assistance. Consequently, Section 504 applies to public schools and postsecondary school programs which receive federal dollars.

This law states that no otherwise qualified disabled individual in the United States shall, solely by reason of a disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

Under Section 504, public schools have an obligation to make their programs and facilities accessible to and usable by students, staff and other school participants who have disabilities. Thus a child's need for wheelchair accessible facilities, an assistive technology device or a change in class location might be addressed through Section 504. When a child with a disability does not qualify under IDEA because he/she does not need special education, a Section 504 Plan may be developed for the child to address any needs for accessibility, special equipment or school policy adjustments.

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (as amended) establishes a joint state-federal system of vocational rehabilitation and also prohibits discrimination based on disability in programs conducted by federal agencies, programs receiving federal financial assistance, in federal employment and in the employment practices of federal contractors. The Act also requires that electronic and information technology acquired by federal agencies be accessible to federal employees with disabilities and to persons with disabilities who are part of the public seeking information or services from federal agencies.

Special Education Services

Visit Special Education Services Website

The Special Education Services web site offers information and technical assistance to further enable family involvement, smooth transitions at all stages of the educational process and support for teachers and service providers in implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

IDEA Panel - States are required to establish and maintain an advisory panel for the purpose of providing policy guidance with respect to special education and related services for children with disabilities in the state. The panel is required to consist of members appointed by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

A majority of the members of the panel shall be individuals with disabilities or parents of children with disabilities (ages birth through 26). Duties of the panel include: advising of unmet needs in the education of children with disabilities; commenting publicly on any rules or regulations proposed regarding the education of children with disabilities; advising in developing evaluations and reporting on 618 data; advising in developing corrective action plans to address identified findings in Federal monitoring reports; and advising in developing and implementing policies relating to the coordination of services for children with disabilities.

Oklahoma Department of Education
2500 N. Lincoln Blvd., Room 411
Oklahoma City , OK 73105

Voice: 

405-521-3248

Fax: 

405-522-2066