The Oklahoma Parents Center (OPC) is a federally funded Parent Training and Information Center. We are funded through the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE). We have been providing services to Oklahoma families of children with disabilities, their teachers and other professionals since 2000. Our PTI staff is here to help you navigate the Special Education Maze and provide you with the information and tools you need to be an informed and active participant in your child’s education.

The purpose of the PTI project is to help Oklahoma parents and families:

  • Better understand the nature of their children’s disabilities and their children’s educational, developmental, and transitional needs;
  • Communicate effectively and work collaboratively with their child’s educators and other professionals;
  • Participate in decision-making processes, including those related to their child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP);
  • Understand about the range, type and quality of options, programs and services, technologies, practices and interventions that are based on scientifically-based research;
  • Understand the resources available to assist their children at school and home;
  • Understand their rights as provided under IDEA (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004); and
  • Participate in activities at the school level that benefit their children and to participate in parental involvement activities.

New Guidance on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)-related case Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District clarifying the scope of a free appropriate public education (FAPE)

On December 7, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education (US DOE) released a question-and-answer document supporting the unanimous March 2017 U.S. Supreme Court opinionclick here to view that Question and Answer document from the US DOE!

On February 12, 2018, the ruling from U.S. District Judge Lewis Babcock was issued “that Petitioner and his parents are entitled to reimbursement of their private school placement from the District pursuant to 20 U.S.C. §1412(a)(10)(C)(ii) and 34 C.F.R. §300.148(c), as well as reasonable attorneys’ fees and litigation costs pursuant to 20 U.S.C. § 1415(i)(3)(B).”  The District Court held that the “IEP proposed by the School District was not reasonably calculated for Endrew to ‘achieve academic success, attain self-sufficiency, and contribute to society that are substantially equal to the opportunities afforded children without disabilities.’” – Click here to view the full Memorandum Opinion and Order from the Court.


Do you need to take a Survey???

If you need to take the SoonerStart Family Survey or the Parent Survey for Special Education Services, you are in the right place!

The surveys are produced through a partnership between the Oklahoma State Department of Education – Special Education Services division (OSDE-SES) and the Oklahoma Parents Center (OPC).

Please choose the appropriate survey below or visit our Survey Introduction page for more information!

SoonerStart Family Survey – Birth to 3 years old
(Familias SoonerStart –
Nacimiento hasta los 3 años de edad)


Parent Survey for Special Education – Ages 3 through 21
Familias de la escuela – Niños de 3 a 21)



The Oklahoma State Department of Education – Special Education Services (OSDE-SES) along with the Oklahoma Parents Center, Inc. (OPC), Oklahoma’s only statewide Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) authorized in Part D of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), have developed The Super 6 Guidebook: The Six Principles of IDEA – to help you understand your rights as the parent of a child who has been referred or identified as having a disability.




OPC Lending Library

Oklahoma Parents Center can help you becoming better educated about disabilities, basic rights, IEPs, and advocacy. Learning material is in book format and DVD. Click the Search Now below to acces our library.


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