30March2017

The Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act

On February 16, 2017, a comprehensive, bipartisan bill to reform the education of deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, and deafblind students was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. H.R. 1120, the Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act, was sponsored by Congressman Matt Cartwright (D-PA 17), with 15 original co-sponsors: Pete Aguilar (D-CA-31), Joseph Crowley (D-NY-14), Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD-7), John K. Delaney (D-MD-7), Michael F. Doyle (D-PA-14), David B. McKinley (R-WV-1), Grace Meng (D-NY-6), Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA-32), Tim Ryan (D-OH-13), Janice D. Schakowsky (D-IL-9), Eric Swalwell (D-CA-41), Mark Takano (D-CA-41), Glenn Thompson (R-PA-5), Mike Thompson (D-CA-5), and Niki Tsongas (D-MA-3).

We need your help to obtain more House co-sponsors, and to have the bill introduced in the Senate. Please write to your members of Congress today, using the model letters below. 

Thanks for all you do to support deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, and deaf-blind children!

Find your members of Congress here

Model letter - House

Model letter - Senate

Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act Summary

Named for the first deaf student to be formally educated in the U.S. and the beloved teacher of Helen Keller, respectively, the Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act will ensure that:

  • every child who is deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, or deaf-blind, 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 needs;
  • the U.S. Department of Education will do its part to hold states and schools accountable;
  • students who are deaf will be served by qualified personnel;
  • 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;
  • and students who are deaf-blind will have access to trained and qualified interveners. 


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