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

OSERS supports programs that help educate children and youth with disabilities and provides for the rehabilitation of youth and adults with disabilities. OSERS provides a wide array of supports to parents and individuals, school districts and states in two main areas—special education and vocational rehabilitation—through its two main components: OSEP and RSA.

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
400 Maryland Ave., S.W. ,
Washington , DC 20202-7100

Voice: 

202-245-7468

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: 

800-421-3481

Office for Civil Rights For Oklahoma

Visit Office for Civil Rights For Oklahoma Website

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
One Petticoat Lane 1010 Walnut Street, Suite 320
Kansas City , MO 64106

Voice: 

816-268-0550

Fax: 

816-268-0559

Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Inc. - Oklahoma City

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

The mission of the Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Inc. is to protect, promote and expand the rights of people with disabilities.

5600 N. May Ave., Suite 260
Oklahoma City , OK 73112

Voice: 

405-525-7755

TTY: 

405-525-7755

Toll Free: 

800-880-7755 (V/TDD)

Fax: 

405-525-7759

Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Inc. - Tulsa

Visit Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Inc. - Tulsa Website

The mission of the Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Inc. is to protect, promote and expand the rights of people with disabilities.

5555 East 71st Street, Suite 9100
Tulsa , OK 74136

Voice: 

918-743-6220

TTY: 

918-743-6220

Toll Free: 

800-880-7755 (V/TDD)

Fax: 

918-743-7157

Oklahoma Parents Center

Visit Oklahoma Parents Center Website

Email:

info@oklahomaparentscenter.org

The Oklahoma Parents Center (OPC) is a federally funded Parent Training and Information Center. They are funded through the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE).

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

Voice: 

405-379-6015

Toll Free: 

877-553-4332

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 Oklahoma State Department of Education, Special Education Services (OSDE-SES) is committed to providing guidance and support in order to promote excellence in education from infancy to adulthood for children with disabilities as outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA).

Oklahoma Department of Education
2500 N. Lincoln Blvd., Room 412
Oklahoma City , OK

Voice: 

405-521-3351

Fax: 

405-522-2380