The information presented below is a brief overview of this state's special education support system. Please contact the state education agency or follow the included links for more detailed information.

Educational definitions of disabilities

  • Autism - consistent with Individuals with the Disabilities Education Act
  • Intellectual disability - consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - uses emotional disability and is consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

More detailed information is available at disability definitions (Page 84).

Numbers of students with disabilities served

For the 2012 child count, Oklahoma reported the following:

  • Autism - 4,121 students, 4.1 percent of all students with disabilities
  • Intellectual disability - 5,662 students, 4.3 percent of all students with disabilities
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - 4,306 students, 4.3 percent of all students with disabilities

Support service structure

Oklahoma State Department of Education, Special Education monitors and supports the special education services provided by public schools.

Task forces

Oklahoma's Autism Working Group produced The Individuals with Autism and Their Families Oklahoma Plan in 2003, which led to the establishment of the Oklahoma Autism Network.

Statewide disability clearinghouse

Oklahoma does not have a statewide disability clearinghouse.

Disability scholarship program

The Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship for Students with Disabilities Program is a school choice program. Oklahoma recently implemented the Oklahoma Equal Opportunity Education Scholarships for families meeting certain income guidelines. Call the Oklahoma State Department of Education at 405-521-3301 for more information.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

Oklahoma has not enacted legislation related to insurance coverage specifically for autism spectrum disorder-related services.

TRICARE-approved applied behavior analysis providers

As of May 2013, Oklahoma had 16 supervisors (direct service providers) and 65 tutors (assistants requiring supervision to provide services).

Parent training and information center

Oklahoma Parents Center is Oklahoma's parent training and information center.

Secondary transition resources

Information and resources related to secondary transition in Oklahoma are available at secondary transition.

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission

Oklahoma is a member of the Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission.

Special education resources

Information on resources for families is available from the local school district and the parent training and information center listed above. Additional information is provided at Community Resource Directory and parent resources.

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