Parent Rights

As the parent(s) of a child who is receiving or may be eligible for special education and related services, you have certain rights according to State and federal laws. These are spelled out in this document.
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Have you seen a presentation from a Western Heights staff member lately? We have presentation materials available for download. Use the link below to download the materials you need.
Longitudinal Data Systems
Washington DC July 30, 2009

Distracted Driving

Oklahoma Safety Council
Traffic crashes are the #1 cause of death for people between the ages of 16 and 24, accounting for 44% of teen deaths in the United States. More than 3,800 young drivers are killed every year in traffic crashes. Approximately 30% of crashes killing young drivers involve alcohol. Young drivers between the ages of 16 and 24 represent the largest group of problem drivers on the road.
The Alive at 25 program is focused on young adults between the ages of 15-24. Alive at 25 is designed to be an early intervention program to help prevent traffic violations, collisions, and/or fatalities. Topics addressed include speeding, distractions, aggressive driving, seat belts, impaired driving and other life-or-death issues pertinent to teen drivers. The purpose of this program is to educate young drivers to adopt safer driving practices, take responsibility for their behavior in various driving situations, and to be aware of peer pressure, environmental distractions, State Graduated Drivers License (GDL) requirements and driving hazards in general. Alive at 25 is a survival course developed by the National Safety Council. Its main objective is to prevent the number of automobile accidents that claim the lives of our teens. Alive at 25 is taught exclusively by trained police officers or driver’s education instructors. The course is taught in one 4 hour session which focuses on the behaviors young drivers and passengers display behind the wheel. Students learn about the devastating consequences of practicing risky driving behaviors. Watching interactive videos, sharing driving experiences, and role-playing various driving situations are just some of the ways these valuable lessons are taught. For more information about our Alive at 25 course or the Alive at 25 Parent Program contact the OSC at 405-848-8626 or visit our website for details.
Alive at 25 Program

National Safety Council-Distracted Driving
The U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT), heard America’s call to end the dangerous practice of distracted driving on our nation’s roadways. Distracted driving is a serious, life-threatening practice and they will not rest until it is stopped. The US DOT are leading the effort but you are the key to preventing distracted driving. The message is simple – Put it down!

Federal Department of Transportation-Distracted Driving

US DOT will work across the spectrum with private and public entities as well as advocacy groups to tackle distracted driving, and, we will lead by example. They have taken the first steps — The President’s Executive Order has established a new way to approach driving – by putting your device down and paying attention to the task at hand. Internally, the department’s agencies are already working together to share knowledge and promote a greater understanding of the issue, and identify additional strategies to end distracted driving.

Focus Driven
FocusDriven is an advocacy group for victims of motor vehicle crashes involving drivers using cell phones. They work with those who support their mission and want to make our roadways safer for all motorists. FocusDriven helps victims and their families share their experiences in a healing manner that promotes safety and educates others about the tragic outcomes that can result from driving while using a cell phone. FocusDriven encourages those who support their efforts to join them.
President-Jennifer Smith (lost her mother to a cell phone user in OKC)
ph: 630.773.2405

Generation tXt
Generation tXt is a multi-faceted project designed to help young teens and families practice safe driving, specifically by addressing the hazards of texting/emailing while driving. The project’s goals will be accomplished through culturally appropriate educational and advertising campaigns, concerted efforts to change public policy, and promotion of emerging technology which restricts cell phone use while driving.
Contact: Carol Bush (Carol works at Crime Commission and is the adult sponsor of this student led group out of Booker T. Washington School)
Ph: 918.585.5209

Distracted Driving at Night

Fatal accidents are three times more likely to happen while driving at night, making it even more critical for nighttime drivers to remain focused.

The team created a guide to help raise awareness on distracted driving while also motivating readers to implement additional safe driving practices. They broke down the personal and legal consequences of distracted driving, how it’s changed over time, and provide advice from experts to help nighttime drivers increase their safety and awareness on the road.