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*Special Education during a Very Special Fall: What Families Should Know about IDEA during the COVID Pandemic webinar
October 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
This is a return to school like none before. Formed Families Forward welcomes attorney Maria Blaeuer from Advocates for Justice in Education, Inc. in Washington DC for an overview of special education rights and responsibilities during the COVOD Pandemic. Participants will learn:
- how the federal IDEA law and state regulations remain the same, even though school looks really different now;
- how parents and caregivers can monitoring their students’ progress (and why this matters);
- what recovery planning/missed services/compensatory education options exist and how to secure them.
Maria Blaeuer joined AJE in 2016 as a staff attorney and currently serves as AJE’s Director of Programs and Outreach. She has spent most of her legal career in private practice focusing on special education law and the needs of students with disabilities in low-to-moderate income communities. As part of her practice, she has provided professional development skills to attorneys, teachers and other service providers. Ms. Blaeuer oversees the four core components of AJE’s mission: Community Education, Direct Advocacy, Peer to Peer Engagement, and Training and Information. She works with schools and families to ensure that students receive the best education possible under the law and focuses on establishing more effective training and family engagement efforts for the D.C. special education and disability community. Maria Blaeuer has taught students with disabilities in the past and had an IEP during her time as a student. Maria’s role as a parent and an attorney has allowed her to introduce a unique perspective when working with special education cases.
Ms. Blaeuer obtained her Bachelor’s Degree with honors from VCU, earned her law degree from Howard University School of Law, and is pursuing her Master’s degree in Education Policy. She is a Washington D.C. native. and active member of the Montgomery Co, MD Commission on Juvenile Justice, and is on the board of a small charter school. Maria is the proud parent of three children.
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