OSDE - SES March 25, 2021 - External

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It's easier than ever to apply for DRS Services!


Clients and families can now complete a 2-page application for the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) to make it easier for the application process to begin!! 

Then, an initial interview will be conducted with the client and family to get more information and complete the full application process with support from the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. Click here to access the application.

Referral Form for the Oklahoma Deaf-Blind Technical Assistance Project

The Oklahoma Deaf-Blind Technical Assistance Project is a service targeting children and youth who have a loss in both vision and hearing.  The child does not have to be completely deaf and completely blind to qualify – they must have a loss in vision and a loss in hearing.  The project services are free.  Below is detailed information about our services.  If you are serving a child or if you are aware of a child with losses in vision and hearing, please refer them to the Oklahoma Deaf-Blind TA Project.  

Why is it important to refer children to the Oklahoma Deaf-Blind TA Project

  • Early identification is crucial for later success. 
  • Children with losses in vision and in hearing have unique characteristics that require special strategies and techniques.  
  • This project is the only entity devoted to serving children with deaf-blindness. 
  • Maintain statewide census of children with deaf-blindness to improve services.  
  • See attached Letter from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, US Department of Education 

Here’s what the Oklahoma Deaf-Blind Project can offer you at no cost:  

  • Information individualized for the child 
  • 1:1 support from project staff and families 
  • State and National resources 
  • Visits to the child’s home or school  
  • Notifications of free professional development opportunities 

How to refer:   

  • Share the project brochure with the family.  
  • Complete the referral form OR call the project to complete by phone. 
  • Have parents/family member sign the release of information. 
  • Mail or email the form to the project.

To complete referral form, click here

Contact information

 email: okdeafblind@ou.edu 

        telephone: (405)-325-0441  


Special Education Services and Management Training


Presented By: Dr. Kaylin Coody

When: Wednesday, May 5, 2021                  from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Where: Brackeen Seminar Center, ICTC  Muskogee, Oklahoma


Dr. Kaylin Coody in partnership with the Oklahoma State Department of Education - Special Education Services Division will be hosting a SPED Services and Management Training in Muskogee on Wednesday, May 5. Topics of discussion include learning strategies, legal overview of Special Education, review of Special Education procedures, accommodations and classroom behavior management. The training is appropriate for novice teachers and paraprofessionals.

Due to COVID-19, enrollment is limited as we will be implementing and following CDC and State guidelines. All participants are required to wear a mask.

 Registration information can be found here.                                                                 Questions about the training can be directed to Abby Johnson

Summer Boot Camp: Pathway to Licensure

Non-Degree-Seeking Graduate Students

Deadline for Application and Registration is May 14, 2021.


Session One:  June 14-July 19, 2021

  • EDSP 5413: Teaching Students with Exceptionalities
  • EDSP 5013: Special Educational Methods and Programs

Session Two: July 12-August 5, 2021

  •  EDSP 5183: Advanced Assessment


To view our flyer, click here.

Our registration and application can be found at OU Admissions.

American Sign Language (ASL) Courses hosted by the Oklahoma School for the Deaf

As a statewide resource center, the Oklahoma School for the Deaf offers 8-week ASL courses online at no charge.  Participants will learn American Sign Language from Deaf, ASL fluent instructors and will participate in the courses via online learning modules and live interaction. Participants may request a certificate of attendance upon completion of the course.

For more information on the courses and how to register, click here

National Federation of the Blind - Distance Learning Resources

National Federal of the Blind

The National Federation of the Blind is committed to ensuring quality education for blind students, and to providing activities and lessons that are fun and educational for blind children and their families. When virtual education is necessary or encouraged, we want blind students to be able to continue learning alongside their sighted peers. 

To view activities, lessons, and resources, click here.


LEA Agreement Amendment

Districts must review their MOE tab in their LEA Agreement to verify their submitted data matches their OCAS data for FY19 and FY20. If assistance is needed, please contact your finance specialist.

Project 613 UPDATE

OSDE sponsored events, professional development, and conferences are beneficial to special education teachers and staff. Additionally, Project 613 does not have a deadline to submit an application. Districts can submit an application at any time. Please Note: All upcoming activities and events are subject to being rescheduled, canceled, or move to an online format. Information about any changes will be posted to the listserv.  

To view our updated Project 613 information, please click here.

If you have questions, please contact Nathan Goad at Nathan.Goad@SDE.OK.Gov

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