Oklahoma
This bill requires foster parents to complete training related to (among other topics) learning disabilities and transition to successful adulthood skills, which can include completing an education or vocational training and obtaining employment.
This bill requires all state agencies to coordinate and collaborate (including through data sharing) to ensure that state programs, policies, procedures and funding support competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities.
This bill requires each public high school student to complete and annually update an Individual Career Academic Plan (ICAP) in order to graduate with a standard diploma. The ICAP process includes taking career- and college-interest surveys, developing postsecondary and workforce goals, choosing an intentional sequence of courses that reflect progress toward postsecondary goals and experiencing in-service learning and/or work environment activities. The bill requires that ICAPs for students with disabilities take into account and work in cooperation with students' IEPs or Section 504 Plans.
This bill creates a state income tax deduction for those who wish to contribute to the State Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act program (up to $10,000 per individual taxpayer or $20,000 for taxpayers filing a joint return).
This bill stipulates that children who have IEPs and who satisfy the graduation requirements through their IEPs shall be awarded a standard high school diploma.
This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
Operating Entity: Oklahoma State University, Department of Wellness, Oklahoma ABLE Tech
Entity Type: College / University
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: Oklahoma Office of Disability Concerns
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program promotes independence for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities through paid work and training activities in the community. Services include assessment, individual and group job placement training, and ongoing supports by a certified job coach in a community business.
Operating Entity: Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Developmental Disabilities Service Division (DDSD)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps ensure underserved parents of children with disabilities, including low-income parents, parents of children who are English learners, and parents with disabilities, have the training and information they need to enable them to participate effectively in helping their children.
Operating Entity: Pervasive Parenting Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program supports people of working age who have developmental disabilities to achieve competitive integrated employment. Services include assessment, job development and placement, as well as on the job training and supports.
Operating Entity: Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Developmental Disabilities Service Division (DDSD)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This two-day workshop was designed to increase expectations for competitive employment and increase knowledge of local, state, and federal resources to support the employment of the youth and young adults who have disabilities. It is offered to self-advocates, families, and professionals.
Operating Entity: Developmental Disabilities Council of Oklahoma
Entity Type: Other
This program is designed to build the competence and confidence of young adults with disabilities to access independent living and employment services so they can more successfully transition to adulthood. It also helps family members and professionals improve their capacity to support these young adults with disabilities on their journey. It is a joint effort between the Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides technical assistance and training to families and service providers to meet the unique needs of children and youth who are deaf-blind in rural and suburban areas, including supporting youth preparing to transition to postsecondary education and employment.
Operating Entity: The University of Oklahoma, Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education
Entity Type: College / University
The Oklahoma Family Leadership Network is a group of family advocates working to improve the lives of Oklahomans with disabilities. Family Mentors provide an opportunity for future professionals to learn more about family advocacy and the impact of family professional partnership for advocacy and systems change.
Operating Entity: The University of Oklahoma, The Center for Learning and Leadership
Entity Type: College / University
This program enables eligible individuals with disabilities to save money in a tax-exempt account that may be used for qualified disability expenses while keeping their eligibility for federally-funded, means-tested public benefits. Eligible expenses include education, employment training and support, and assistive technology.
Operating Entity: Oklahoma State Treasurer
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program promotes systems change in the content and delivery of professional development for educators and parents aimed at ensuring better academic and social outcomes for students with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Oklahoma State Department of Education
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This annual program convenes regional transition teams from across the state to learn about innovative practices and programs and to develop a plan for how to improve transition in their local areas. It is run by the Oklahoma Transition Council - comprised of 34 members from various agencies and organizations - as well as the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 12 southern states. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: Parent to Parent of Georgia
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Oklahoma Parents Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
These programs offer students with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to take college classes, engage in career development and independent living activities, and participate in the social life of a college campus.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Project SEARCH is a one-year transition-to-work program for students with significant disabilities that includes classroom instruction, career exploration, and internship rotations. It is a collaboration between local businesses, state agencies, local school systems, and other entities, and is offered at several locations.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Inc.
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program allows individuals with disabilities to work and receive training in a controlled environment with other people with disabilities. Workers are paid in accordance with individual production and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Services include assessment, training, and transitional services leading to community job placement if the individual chooses.
Operating Entity: Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Developmental Disabilities Service Division (DDSD)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides a paid work experience program for high school transition students. Students participate in a week of in-house training on employability and independent living skills (such as how to apply for a job, interview, perform the job, budget, and use public transportation), then work part-time on jobs throughout the summer (with support from staff).
Operating Entity: Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program is designed to increase the quantity and quality of transition education knowledgeable personnel to address the shortage of secondary special education professionals in Oklahoma and surrounding states. Scholars obtain either a Masters of Special Education or a Masters of Social Work degree and can also receive a Graduate College certificate for Transition Strategies for Diverse Adolescent Youth.
Operating Entity: The University of Oklahoma, Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education
Entity Type: College / University
This program helps students with disabilities prepare for employment and life after high school. Services include vocational counseling and guidance, assessment and evaluation, school work study, work adjustment training, on-the-job training, supported employment, and job development and placement.
Operating Entity: Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides culturally relevant vocational rehabilitation services to assist Alaska Native and American Indian individuals with disabilities residing on or near reservations in the state to prepare for and engage in gainful employment. Program services are provided under an individualized plan for employment.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program help out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment (including having a disability) prepare for and secure employment and postsecondary education opportunities. Services include tutoring; work experiences; occupational skills training; leadership development opportunities; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits make informed choices about work and make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Operating Entity: University of Oklahoma Board of Regents
Entity Type: College / University
YLF offers students with disabilities the opportunity to spend a week on a college campus with other students from Oklahoma. Students participate in activities to help improve leadership and advocacy skills, explore career options, meet with state legislators, and create a leadership plan to reach employment and educational goals.
Operating Entity: Developmental Disabilities Council of Oklahoma
Entity Type: Other
The Oklahoma Parent Center (OPC) provides one-on-one assistance to youth with disabilities, including around available resources, their rights and responsibilities, participating in IEPs, and making decisions.
Operating Entity: Oklahoma Parents Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This document created by the Department of Education is comprehensive for all school services. The guide has a section for students with disabilities, which includes resources on distance learning. It also contains a "checklist" for IEP teams participating in a virtual IEP meeting.
Operating Entity: Oklahoma Department of Education