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Alice Cogswell & Anne Sullivan Macy Act National Call-In Day is TODAY!

Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act National Call-in Day is TODAY,  April 14, 2016.   Calls to Congress from parents, educators, and consumers will help keep the momentum going from our successful Capitol Hill Advocacy Day on March 2! Contacting your two Senators and your House member is easy.
 
The American Foundation has set up an audio phone line that will link you directly to your members of Congress. When you call the phone line you will hear instructions on how to proceed. The AFB call-in number is 1-844-232-8210. Additional information can be found at http://www.afb.org/info/get-connected/take-action/call-in-day-2016/125.
 
 Another option is to locate phone information from your members of Congress yourself and go from there, using either video relay or voice phone. Go to http://www.contactingthecongress.org and enter your zipcode. From there you will locate their contact info. 
 
When the receptionist answers the phone, ask to speak with the staff member who handles education issues. When that person comes to the phone, tell that person that you are calling in support H.R. 3535, the Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act.
 
Here is a sample phone script for House members:
 
“Hello, my name is [NAME], and I am a constituent of [NAME OF HOUSE MEMBER]. I am calling to request that [NAME OF HOUSE MEMBER] co-sponsor H.R. 3535, the Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act. This bipartisan bill will amend the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to better serve deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, and deaf-blind students. 
 
“[TELL A STORY ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH THE CURRENT SYSTEM AND THE GAPS THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED.]
 
“This bill will go a long way towards making sure that children with sensory disabilities receive the services and supports they need to help them succeed.
 
“More information can be found at: ceasd.org/child-first/alice-cogswell or www.AFB.org/CogswellMacyAct.
Here is a sample phone script for Senate members:
 
“Hello, my name is [NAME], and I am a constituent of [NAME OF SENATE MEMBER]. I am calling to request that [NAME OF SENATE MEMBER] introduce a companion bill to H.R. 3535, the Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act. This bipartisan bill will amend the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to better serve deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, and deaf-blind students. 
 
“[TELL A STORY ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH THE CURRENT SYSTEM AND THE GAPS THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED.]
 
“This bill will go a long way towards making sure that children with sensory disabilities receive the services and supports they need to help them succeed.
 
“More information can be found at: ceasd.org/child-first/alice-cogswell or www.AFB.org/CogswellMacyAct.
You can also give them this contact information: Barbara Raimondo at baraimondo@me.com(301) 792-2884, or Mark Richert at MRichert@afb.net(202) 469-6833.
This is an important bill for our children, please call your representatives TODAY!

Giving Tuesday is Here – Donate to ASDC Today!

We Make a Living By What We Get
We Make a Life By What We Give
 – Winston Churchill
Consider participating in #GivingTuesday today – your donation will make a world of difference in the life of a deaf child.
Help us reach our goal to send 10 families to the 2016 ASDC ASL Learning Opportunity.
Families will learn ASL and be able to communicate with their child.
Giving Tuesday 2015

 

Registration is now open for the 2016 ASDC Conference

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Registration is now open for the 2016 ASDC Conference.   Register today for the ASDC 2016 ASL Learning Oportunity, June 24-26, 2016. The conference will be held at the Sheraton Town Center in Columbia, Maryland.  Enrollment is limited to individuals ages 16 or over who are interested in an intense ASL/Deaf Culture Learning Experience.  All ASL levels and abilities are welcome.

The cost is $400 per person.  Space is limited and the conference is expected to fill quickly.

Registration includes all meals, intense small class learning, individual help as needed, keynote presentations and much more.

Hotel rooms are available at a rate of $135.00 per night by contacting the hotel directly.

If you would like more information or to register contact Cheri Dowling at 443-277-8899 or asdc@deafchildren.org

Thank You Ohio School for the Deaf

ASDC would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to the Ohio School for the Deaf for hosting the October, 2014 ASDC Board Meeting. The  ASDC Board met October 29 – 30, 2014 at the Ohio School for the Deaf in Columbus, Ohio.  Watch the monthly email blast to learn more information about ASDC and exciting upcoming announcements.

Welcome Institute for Disabilities Research and Training, Inc.

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ASDC welcomes our newest Organizational Member, the Institute for Disabilities Research and Training, Inc. (IDRT).  IDRT is dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities, their families, and service providers through research and development, training, technical assistance, and advocacy.  Although their work benefits people with all disabilities, they specialize in research and development efforts on behalf of children and adults who are deaf and hard of hearing.  They have particular expertise in the development of American Sign Language accessible computer software and other assistive technology products.

For more information about IDRT visit their website at www.idrt.com