Fairfax Alliance for Appropriate Public Education (FAAPE)
Sheree Brown-Kaplan is a long-time advocate for children with disabilities and a former At-Large candidate for the Fairfax County School Board. She the founder and chair of the Fairfax Alliance for Appropriate Public Education (FAAPE), a coalition of parents, educators and community members who believe that every child with a disability deserves the right to a quality education that prepares him or her for further education, meaningful employment, independent living and full participation in their community. FAAPE advocates for effective special education polices, programs and services in FCPS that help to ensure students with disabilities a foundation for long-term success as workers, citizens and members of society.
The mother of two FCPS students with disabilities, Sheree is a former member of the board of the Coalition of the Silence. She has also served on the Executive Board of the Fairfax County Council of PTAs (FCCPTA) and as chair of the FCCPTA's Special Education Committee. In addition, Sheree is a past member of the Fairfax County School Board’s state-mandated special education advisory committee, the Advisory Committee on Students with Disabilities. The Virginia Board for People with Disabilities selected Sheree to attend its nationally recognized advocacy training program, Partners in Policymaking, from which she graduated in 2008. During the 2007-2009 revision of the Virginia special education regulations, Sheree worked in coalition with groups across the state to successfully retain important parents' rights in the special education process. In recent years, Sheree has advocated addressing all barriers to achievement facing students with disabilities, including the impact of low expectations, inappropriate or inadequate services and a lack of knowledge or understanding of their needs.