[dbmat] Re: Fwd: [SPARKLE] PLEASE READ - Legislation for children who are deafblind - H. R. 4040

  • From: Stephen Schoen <stephenschoen351@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: DBMAT ListServe <dbmat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:09:13 -0600

This is really exciting!   Sounds like the Legislative Committee of DBMAT
is going to be really busy, and there will be a good chance that hard work
will again pay off.   Steve

On Thu, Dec 18, 2014 at 9:05 AM, Melanie <dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Dear DBMAT,
> Please read below. This is  very important federal legislation moving
> forward that will include the educational needs of the deafblind in the
> United States!
> As advocates for the deafblind, whether you are a deafblind individual,
> parent, sibling, family member, professional , or friend.....there will be
> times that we will be asked to help!
> For me personally, this federal legislation reflects goals that I have
> been working towards for the last 12 years.  And I want to add that the
> people that are on The Executive Committee of the National Coalition on
> Deafblindness.....I know for a fact have been working toward these goals
> for more than 20 years!
> Everything DBAMT has done over the last few years.....the changes in the
> DBMD waiver -the career ladder for Interveners, and including children at
> age of diagnosis; DBMAT educational scholarships for our Texas Interveners;
> and our members that have spent hours, days, weeks, months, and years
> working with their school districts educating them on the power of the
> Intervener Model;  all of these efforts have and will continue to "pay off"
> when this bill is passed!
> Thank you,
> Melanie Knapp
> President
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> Begin forwarded message:
> *From:* Fran Payne <fran.payne@xxxxxxx>
> *Date:* December 17, 2014 at 4:39:00 PM CST
> *To:* "sparkle@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <sparkle@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> *Cc:* Fran Payne <fran.payne@xxxxxxx>
> *Subject:* *[SPARKLE] PLEASE READ - Legislation for children who are
> deafblind - H. R. 4040*
> *Reply-To:* sparkle@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>  Greetings!
> The Executive Committee of the National Coalition on Deafblindness has
> been working to include language related to the education of children and
> youth with deafblindness in federal legislation, H.R.4040, Alice Cogswell
> and Anne Macy Sullivan Act (named for the first deaf student to be formally
> educated in the U. S. and the beloved teacher of Helen Keller).
> This bill, introduced in Congress last February, was meant to reform
> education for children who are deaf or hard of hearing and for children who
> are blind or visually impaired.  The educational needs of children with
> deafblindness were not specifically mentioned.
> During the past few months, we’ve been working with H.R. 4040 leaders Mark
> Richart and Barbara Raimondo to include language related to deafblindness,
> and we’ve sought and utilized your valuable input as part of this process.
> We've recently submitted that language to them as Title III of the Act.
> They will review and edit this section and submit it to their congressional
> sponsors and cosponsors for approval to be added to the original text of
> H.R. 4040.  In addition to addressing the educational needs of children
> with deafblindness, Title III includes:
>    - wording which designates intervener services in the “related
>    services” listing
>    - wording which reflects the need for the recognition of and training
>    for teachers of the deafblind
>    - wording which adapts the federal definition of deafblindness
>    - wording requiring each state to specifically address deafblind
>    issues in the development of its state plan
> This legislation, with the deafblind language added, will be reintroduced
> to Congress in early 2015.  You can read more here
> <https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/4040/text> about
> H.R.4040 - Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act.  Once the text of
> Title III has been reviewed and edited, we will update you with the final
> wording and let you know how you can help support this bill.
> Sincerely,
> The Executive Committee of the National Coalition on Deafblindness
> Linda Alsop - Utah
> Tanni Anthony - Colorado
> Maurice Belote - California
> Robbi Blaha - Texas
> Tracy Evans Luiselli - MA, NH, ME, CT
> John Mascia - Alabama
> Jerry Petroff - New Jersey
> Jamie Pope -   Maryland (Consumer)
> Sally Prouty - Minnesota (NFADB representative)

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