Special Education Resources & Gifted Programs

 

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Books and Articles on Homeschooling Children with Special Needs:

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Internet Resources

Other than NATHHAN, HSLDA, and American Foundation for the Blind, I have no particular knowledge of any of these resources below. I present them for information only. If you want to share information about these related to homeschooling, good or bad, please e-mail me at cindy@oklahomahomeschool.com.

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Local Oklahoma Resources

  • Brain Game
    Susan Karami is a certified instructor who helps children who are behind in school or advanced. The program is 12 weeks long and is guaranteed to put your child at least two grades ahead or your money back. 4829 S. 68th E. Ave., Tulsa, OK. Phone: 918-640-1968.

  • Support Groups for homeschoolers.

  • Oklahoma Council of the Blind. This organization provides resources and support for the visually impaired as well as support for the families. There are local affiliates that provide a variety of services for those in the area: Heartland Council of the Blind (HCB - central OK), Muskogee Council of the Blind (MCB) and Tulsa Council of the Blind (TCB). (My husband Bill and I are members of TCB.) If you or someone you know is blind or partially sighted, or caring for someone who is visually impaired, I highly recommend getting involved in these groups.

  • The Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped provides over 52,000 recreational fiction and nonfiction audio and braille books on loan to people who cannot see to read regular print or who cannot hold a book due to a physical disability. Books, playback equipment and catalogs of our collection are mailed postage-free. The Library also offers on loan large print and braille textbooks, as well as aids and equipment to private, public and home schools who have blind and visually impaired students in pre-kindergarten to grade 12. For more information, please contact Vicky Golightly, Public Information Officer, at (405) 522-0526 or toll-free at 1-800-523-0288.

Other Resources for Difficult Cases - I've had so many calls from parents who simply are not able to homeschool for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, I don't have the answers for those situations, but here are some resources that might help.

  • Bethesda Boys Ranch
    Bethesda is a Christian-based ranch for troubled youth from 18 to 24. During their stay, the young men study for and take their GED and learn one of four trades available at the ranch. Address: 17424 S. Union Ave. Mounds, OK. For info, contact: 827-6409.

  • Tulsa Learning Academy. 4107 S. Yale Ave., #143, Tulsa, OK. Phone: 918.621.1080. Located in the Promenade Mall, this public school has been successful in helping teens finish their high school diplomas. Here is a news article about the first graduation.

  • Teen Challenge. A Christian-based program for youth and adults with substance abuse problems. They have centers throughout the U.S. My husband, Bill, worked for Teen Challenge in Rehrersburg, PA, back in the late 80's and have seen how it can help those who WANT help.

  • Girls and Boys Town. Short term and Residential Treatment Centers for boys and girls ages 7 - 18.

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