It's the Cogswell-Macy Twitter Blast Week!

It’s the #CogswellMacyAct #TwitterBlast week! We NEED you to ask your legislators to co-sponsor this bill, which will improve IDEA for deaf/hard of hearing, blind/low vision & deaf-blind children.

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The Cogswell-Macy Act is the most comprehensive special education legislation for students with sensory disabilities to date. This act seeks to expand the resources available to these students, and their parents and educators, through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  

Named for the first deaf student to be formally educated in the U.S. and for Helen Keller’s beloved teacher, respectively, the Cogswell-Macy Act will:

    • Ensure that students who are deafblind, blind, visually impaired, deaf, or hard of hearing receive the expert instruction and services they need to succeed in school and beyond.
    • Require states to identify, locate, and evaluate children who are blind, visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing, or deafblind, regardless of whether they have additional disabilities.
    • Enhance accountability at the state and federal levels.
    • Establish a national collaborative resource center: the Anne Sullivan Macy Center on Visual Disability and Educational Excellence.