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Parent and Family Resources | Oklahoma State Department of Education | Special Education Services

Oklahoma Department of Education, Special Education Services is dedicated to supporting families who have children with disabilities. The resources and statewide services listed below are designed to assist family involvement throughout a student’s educational career.


Special Education Handbook and Policies

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Oklahoma Parents Center

Oklahoma Parents Center Statewide parent training and information; advocating for children with disabilities to build a better future.


Center for Parent Information and Resources

The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities.


Dispute Resolution

Mediation is a free and effective process to assist parents/guardians and schools in resolving disagreements. Mediation is a voluntary process in which parties meet with a neutral third party for the opportunity to resolve a special education dispute. Mediation is available at any time parties are unable or are struggling to resolve an educational dispute.


Driver's License/Permit Alternative Reading Tests

Anyone under 18 years old wishing to apply for a driver’s license or permit must earn a proficient score on the statewide Grade 8 Reading Test or on one of the state-approved alternative reading tests. Districts are required to administer alternative reading tests to all students within their district boundaries, regardless of enrollment.

The Understood community is a place for parents to access practical advice with tools to help navigate common parenting challenges. Parents can:

  • Seek free expert advice from trusted professionals
  • Participate in daily chats and webinars 
  • Share personal experiences in a secure environment with other parents



The mission of Sooner SUCCESS is to advance a comprehensive, unified system of health, social and educational services for children and youth with special needs...within their community.


Oklahoma Family Network

The Oklahoma Family Network (OFN) Family-to-Family Health Information Center informs and connects individuals with special health care needs and disabilities, their families and professionals to services and supports in their communities. OFN provides opportunities for individuals and families to strengthen their communities through leadership development and volunteering.


National Alliance on Mental Illness

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Oklahoma was founded on the idea of helping those in need. NAMI Oklahoma is a statewide non-profit that offers free educational programs about mental illness for individuals who have mental illness and their families.



Coping with Tragedy Resources


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Last updated on January 16, 2015