[dbmat] Fwd: ALERT! HR 3535 submitted! Read below!

  • From: Edgenie Bellah <bellahe@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: DBMAT <dbmat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2015 13:38:05 -0500

Wonderful DBMAT Family,

Below is another announcement about the Cogswell-Macy Act. So exciting!!


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ALERT!--Cogswell-Macy Bill Introduced!
Comprehensive Special Education Legislation for
Blind/Visually Impaired, Deaf/Hard of Hearing,
and Deafblind Students

H.R. 3535: The Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act

"Our students will thrive - with Thirty-five Thirty-five!"
Follow this link to read this latest edition of DirectConnect online:

For further information, contact:

Mark Richert, Esq.
Director, Public Policy, AFB
(202) 469-6833

Dear colleagues, friends and fellow advocates for
students with disabilities:

Yesterday, following impressive, dedicated advocacy across the sensory
impairments communities, the most comprehensive legislation to enhance and
reform America's special education system for students with vision/hearing
disabilities and deafblindness has been introduced. H.R. 3535, the Alice
Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act, once enacted, will ensure that: every
child who is deaf, every child who is blind, and every child who is
deafblind, regardless of whether they have additional disabilities, will be
properly counted and
served; each of a child's unique learning needs will be properly evaluated;
states will engage in strategic
planning to be sure that they can in fact meet each child's specialized
the U.S. Department of Education will do its part to hold states and
schools accountable; students with sensory disabilities will be served by
qualified personnel; and students who are blind will receive
state-of-the-art services and skills supported through a new major national
collaborative initiative addressing their unique learning needs.

Introduced by Reps. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) and David McKinley (R-WV), H.R.
3535 is named for Anne Sullivan, Helen Keller's beloved teacher; and Alice
the first deaf girl to be educated in a school for the deaf in the United
States. Originally introduced in the previous Congress as H.R. 4040, this
updated version of the Cogswell-Macy Act includes additional language
to support students who are deafblind. Advocates for students who are
blind/visually impaired, deaf/hard-of-hearing, and deafblind have worked
tirelessly with legislators to compose three strong, parallel titles within
the Act, addressing the needs of students in these three sensory-
disability areas.

Read below for the press release from Rep. Cartwright's office, and read
the complete text of the
Cogswell-Macy Act on the
AFB Policy Center website at the following link:

Advocates are urged to contact your member of the U.S. House of
Representatives to ask him/her to
cosponsor H.R. 3535 today!

*Tell your Representative that by cosponsoring, he/she will be helping to
make history by ensuring that America's special education system is worthy
of the enormous potential of every child who is blind, visually impaired,
deaf, hard of hearing, or **deaf blind**. *

This year, 2015, is the 40th anniversary of Individuals
with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Tell your Representative that by
joining in this campaign, they will help us transform a forty-year-old
system from one
that has broken down barriers into a system that finally ensures that kids
with sensory disabilities will
be receiving the education and supports they need
to thrive in our nation's classrooms!

Advocates should stay tuned to at:
www.AFB.org/MacyAct for more information and
regular updates as the Cogswell-Macy Act progresses. Thank you for your
advocacy for
children and youth with sensory disabilities!


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