Exceptional Student Supports

All students need and deserve a quality education that includes high expectations, rigorous instruction, inclusive environments, and equitable access to opportunities. The Exceptional Student Support Services team at Collegiate Hall provides our exceptional students with individualized supports and resources to create pathways for student success in college, careers, and life.

Exceptional Needs Resources

LEGAL + ADVOCACY RESOURCES

◉ A New Leaf


A New Leaf provides individuals with developmental disabilities (including those with Autism Spectrum Disorder) with vocational and residential services to increase their independence and individual choices. Learn more at https://www.anewleaf.org/




◉ Autism Center of Tulsa


A parent-led support group where families and community members can gain valuable resources and support. Learn more at http://autismoklahoma.org




◉ The Bridges Foundation


The Bridges Foundation enhances the quality of life for individuals with unique capabilities, their families and our community through training, education, employment services and advocacy. Learn more at http://thebridgesfound.org/




◉ Down Syndrome Association of Tulsa


A non-profit organization that enhances the lives of individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and communities by fostering positive attitudes & opportunities for people with Down syndrome. Learn more at http://dsat.org/




◉ Sooner SUCCESS


Promotes a comprehensive, coordinated system of health, social and educational services for Oklahoma children and youth with special needs. Learn more at https://soonersuccess.ouhsc.edu/




◉ TARC


Programs include parent and family support (pre-birth through high school), self-advocacy, public policy and advocacy, grief support, and Oklahoma Advocates Involved in Monitoring, a program monitoring the quality-of-life for those living in state-supporting residential housing. Learn more at http://www.ddadvocacy.net/




◉ The Oklahoma Family Network


The Oklahoma Family Network (OFN) informs and connects individuals with special health care needs and disabilities, their families and professionals to services and supports in their communities. Our services are designed for any child who had to spend time in the NICU or was born premature, has physical disabilities or medical concerns (including cancer, rare or undiagnosed disorders, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Cystic Fibrosis, Down Syndrome, Mental Health Diagnoses, etc.), or mental or behavioral health concerns. Learn more at http://oklahomafamilynetwork.org/




◉ Oklahoma Transition Council


The mission of the Oklahoma Transition Council is to improve transition education, planning, and services that lead to successful postschool outcomes for students with disabilities. Learn more at http://www.okdrs.gov/node/4835




◉ Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Services


​​​​​Our mission is to help individuals with developmental disabilities and their families help themselves to lead safer, healthier, more independent and productive lives. Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS) serves persons ages 3 and up who have a primary diagnosis of intellectual disabilities. Persons served may also have other developmental disabilities in addition to intellectual disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, etc. Learn more at http://www.okdhs.org/services/dd/Pages/default.aspx




◉ COVID-19 FAQs for Families and Parents of Students with Disabilities


Access COVID-19 frequently asked questions for families and parents of students with disabilities here.




◉ Parent Engagement: Distance Learning for Students with Disabilities


There are many ways families can support learning at home and help foster open communication among members of the IEP team. Click the link below to access a quick overview of ways to help students with a disability during a period of distance learning. Learn more here: Distance Learning for Students with Disabilities





LEGAL + ADVOCACY RESOURCES

◉ A New Leaf


A New Leaf provides individuals with developmental disabilities (including those with Autism Spectrum Disorder) with vocational and residential services to increase their independence and individual choices. Learn more at https://www.anewleaf.org/




◉ Autism Center of Tulsa


A parent-led support group where families and community members can gain valuable resources and support. Learn more at http://autismoklahoma.org




◉ The Bridges Foundation


The Bridges Foundation enhances the quality of life for individuals with unique capabilities, their families and our community through training, education, employment services and advocacy. Learn more at http://thebridgesfound.org/




◉ Down Syndrome Association of Tulsa


A non-profit organization that enhances the lives of individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and communities by fostering positive attitudes & opportunities for people with Down syndrome. Learn more at http://dsat.org/




◉ Sooner SUCCESS


Promotes a comprehensive, coordinated system of health, social and educational services for Oklahoma children and youth with special needs. Learn more at https://soonersuccess.ouhsc.edu/




◉ TARC


Programs include parent and family support (pre-birth through high school), self-advocacy, public policy and advocacy, grief support, and Oklahoma Advocates Involved in Monitoring, a program monitoring the quality-of-life for those living in state-supporting residential housing. Learn more at http://www.ddadvocacy.net/




◉ The Oklahoma Family Network


The Oklahoma Family Network (OFN) informs and connects individuals with special health care needs and disabilities, their families and professionals to services and supports in their communities. Our services are designed for any child who had to spend time in the NICU or was born premature, has physical disabilities or medical concerns (including cancer, rare or undiagnosed disorders, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Cystic Fibrosis, Down Syndrome, Mental Health Diagnoses, etc.), or mental or behavioral health concerns. Learn more at http://oklahomafamilynetwork.org/




◉ Oklahoma Transition Council


The mission of the Oklahoma Transition Council is to improve transition education, planning, and services that lead to successful postschool outcomes for students with disabilities. Learn more at http://www.okdrs.gov/node/4835




◉ Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Services


​​​​​Our mission is to help individuals with developmental disabilities and their families help themselves to lead safer, healthier, more independent and productive lives. Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS) serves persons ages 3 and up who have a primary diagnosis of intellectual disabilities. Persons served may also have other developmental disabilities in addition to intellectual disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, etc. Learn more at http://www.okdhs.org/services/dd/Pages/default.aspx




◉ COVID-19 FAQs for Families and Parents of Students with Disabilities


Access COVID-19 frequently asked questions for families and parents of students with disabilities here.




◉ Parent Engagement: Distance Learning for Students with Disabilities


There are many ways families can support learning at home and help foster open communication among members of the IEP team. Click the link below to access a quick overview of ways to help students with a disability during a period of distance learning. Learn more here: Distance Learning for Students with Disabilities





 
 

Special Education Laws

We know that navigating the intricacies of special education can be overwhelming. Collegiate Hall Charter Schools Exceptional Student Support Services team is committed to helping you ensure that your student receives the services and support they are entitled to under the law. 

CHILD FIND

Child Find is a component of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and is an ongoing process of locating, identifying, and evaluating children between the ages of 3 and 21 who may need special education and related services. "All children with disabilities, residing in Tulsa Public School District, whether attending public or private schools, [including Collegiate Hall Charter Schools] should be identified, located, and evaluated." This service is provided to children with suspected disabilities, free of charge.

Services include:

  • SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES for all school age children 

  • EDUCATIONAL TESTING REFERRALS for people who are suspected of having a disability within the Tulsa Public Schools System.

For additional resources, please visit: https://oklahomaparentscenter.org/project-child-find/

WHAT ARE MY RIGHTS UNDER IDEA?

Families who are receiving or eligible for special education services have certain rights according to state and federal laws. For questions about these rights, please contact your local school or the Special Education Services (SES) of the Oklahoma State Department of Education. These rights and procedural safeguards are in accordance with Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations for implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the IDEA Amendments of 1997.

To learn more about parental rights and safeguards, visit the links below:

 

Guardian Information

All students are eligible for a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) under federal law, including those students with special needs. We are committed to supporting our exceptional learners to ensure that they learn and thrive with their peers in the least restrictive environment possible and with the supports and services included in their Individualized Education Programs.

 

In distance learning, we will continue working with students and families to provide the specialized supports each exceptional learner needs. In some cases, our students with the greatest needs will engage in small-group in-person learning at one of our school-sites. Your child’s school will contact you if your child is eligible for in-person learning.

During distance learning, Individualized Education Plan (IEP) teams will use the following considerations to develop support plans for exceptional students:

  • Students' access to technology;

  • Students' access to academic skills necessary to engage with instructional materials;

  • Students' access to executive skills necessary to participate in distance learning;

  • Students' cognitive needs that may impact access to distance learning;

  • Students' access to communications to support engaging with virtual curriculum (e.g. verbal/written/communication skills); and

  • Students' behavior and social/emotional supports required to access virtual curriculum.

EXCEPTIONAL STUDENTS FAQs 

What are accommodations?


Accommodations are changes that remove barriers and provide your child with equal access to learning. Accommodations don’t change what your child is learning. Rather, they change how your child is learning. Examples include:

  • Change of setting - preferential seating, separate location
  • Having sections of work read aloud to the student - math story problems for a student who has identified reading weaknesses, audio books
  • Frequent breaks
  • Giving answer orally
  • Extra time for taking tests
  • Assistive technology - FM system or augmentative communication system - can be high tech or low tech
  • Record a lesson, instead of taking notes
*Remember: Accommodations match the specific needs of the student.




What are modifications?


A modification is something that changes what your child will be expected to know or learn. Examples of modifications may include:

  • Changing the grade level of a reading passage
  • Reducing the number of answer choices - multiple choice
  • Complete different homework problems than peers
  • Answer different test questions
  • Create alternate projects or assignments
  • Get graded or assessed using a different standard than other students
  • Be excused from particular projects




How can I access assistive technology resources for parents, families and students?


Accessing speech-to-text and text-to-speech for Chromebooks Speech-to-Text

  1. Activate in Settings
  2. Accessibility, Dictation (enable)
  3. Turn on/off with curser over the microphone
Text-to-Speech
  1. Find Accessibility features ➟ At the bottom right, select the time. Or press and hold at the same time "Alt" + "Shift" + "S".
  2. Select "Settings"
  3. Turn on a feature.
  4. Choose the accessibility features you’d like to use:
    • Under ‘Text-to-speech’, turn on Enable ChromeVox (spoken feedback).
    • Turn on the reader or Select to speak.
Chromebook Accessibility Features Step 1: Find accessibility features
  1. At the bottom right, select the time. Or press Alt + Shift + s.
  2. Select Settings .
  3. At the bottom, select Advanced.
  4. In the "Accessibility" section, select Manage accessibility features.
    • Optional: To have quick access to accessibility features, turn on Always show accessibility options in the system menu.
Step 2: Turn on a feature Choose the accessibility features you'd like to use:
  • Text-to-speech:
    • Turn on the screen reader
    • Turn on Select-to-speak.
  • Display:
    • Turn on high contrast mode
    • Turn on screen magnifier
    • Change screen resolution or text size.
  • Keyboard:
    • Turn on sticky keys
    • Turn on on-screen keyboard
    • Turn on keyboard focus highlighting
    • Turn on keyboard repeat rate
    • Turn on word prediction.
    • Learn how to type with your voice.
  • Mouse and touchpad:
    • Turn on navigation buttons in tablet mode
    • Turn on automatic clicking
    • Turn on tap dragging
    • Turn on cursor highlighting
    • Change the cursor's size.
  • Audio:
    • Play all sounds together through all speakers
    • Play sound on startup.
Step 3: Make a page bigger or smaller You can make the page you're looking at bigger or smaller, but keep other parts of your screen the same size. Additional Resources for Assistive Tech




How do I get involved with the Exceptional Student Supports Family Partnership Team (ESS-FPT)?


Collegiate Hall recently developed a new Family Partnership Team specifically for Exceptional Student Supports (ESS). Our goal is to support ESS programs, teachers, and students throughout our district as we work to ensure that all students have the opportunities they need to grow and succeed in the classroom and beyond. Parents, teachers, advocates, and other stakeholders are welcome to join us and help make our district stronger for all students. An ESS-FPT forum will be announced soon as well as more meeting and event details. Also, check your email weekly for the Gifffin Gazette Newsletter for additional updates. In the meantime, please email our Dean of Community + Culture at bimlay@collegiatehall.net to learn more about how to get involved.




How do I get more information about my child's IEP or 504 Plan?


For more information about your child's IEP or 504 Plan, or to get your child evaluated for supports, please contact our Dean of Student Supports at jgeiger@collegiatehall.net





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