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Wednesday, July 31 • 9:05am - 10:30am
Measuring Progress Under Endrew F

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The Supreme Court in Endrew F. v. Douglas Cty. Sch. Dist. RE-1, 137 S. Ct. 988 (2017) made clear that the IEPs of children with disabilities must be “appropriately ambitious” to enable them to make progress in the general education curriculum in light of their unique abilities.    The Court explained that children with disabilities are to be challenged to reach their potential progress just as their non-disabled peers are.  For most students, this progress happens most effectively when children with disabilities are given access to the general education curriculum and included in the general education classrooms with their peers without disabilities. IEPs that are just deemed to be “more appropriate” without regard to the children’s least restrictive environment do not provide children with the ability to meet their true potential, nor do they satisfy the Congressional mandate under IDEA. How does this happen at the IEP table? What are the questions to ask when measuring progress? A parent attorney will give examples and real-life application to these questions.

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Selene Almazan

Legal Director
Selene Almazan has represented students and families for over 30 years.  Selene is a former Supervising Attorney for the Legal Aid Bureau of Maryland where she represented children in the foster care system, including representation in special education matters. For nearly 23 years... Read More →



Wednesday July 31, 2019 9:05am - 10:30am
UW Conference Center A/B
  • Biography Selene Almazan has represented students and families for over 30 years. Selene is a former Supervising Attorney for the Legal Aid Bureau of Maryland where she represented children in the foster care system, including representation in special education matters. For nearly 23 years, Selene represented parents in special education matters with a primary focus on least restrictive environment (LRE) issues at the Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education. Selene is the Legal Director for the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) where she supports the work of the Amicus Committee as well as works on federal and local policy issues. In this position she writes appellate amicus briefs for appellate courts as well as the United States Supreme Court. Selene maintains a private practice focusing on parent and student representation in special education matters, including LRE. Selene represents families at IEP team meetings, state complaint proceedings, mediations, due process hearings, suspension/expulsion proceedings and federal court proceedings, including matters involving violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. She has extensive experience training families, teachers, school administrators, attorneys and advocates on legal issues related to special education law as well as disability discrimination issues.

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