Please consider signing this petition to ask Congress and the President to pass the Cogswell-Macy Act. This act will strengthen the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to improve results for deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, and deaf-blind children, including those with additional disabilities. The link to sign the petition is: http://www.petition2congress.com/21317/pass-cogswell-macy-act-so-that-americas-children-can-succeed-thri/ . When you sign the petition, there are social media options for you to spread it, so please take a few minutes to do that.
Alice Cogswell, Anne Sullivan Macy and Helen Keller were three students whose disabilities limited their access to information, communication and participation in the world around them. Alice was Deaf; Annie was visually impaired, and Helen was deafblind. As young girls with special needs, not everyone thought that they could learn or achieve much in life. With appropriate instruction, access to communication, and knowledgeable teachers they were able to thrive and went on to become leaders and examples of what good investment in education can do.
Today, special education is not only a civil right, it can help create a new life path, one that leads to meaningful participation, inclusion, and contribution in society and the world. With the infusion of technology, students and skilled educators can help bridge the gaps students experience when they cannot see or hear and miss critical access to language and information. That’s why Reps. Matt Cartwright (D-PA, 17) and David McKinley (R-WV, 1) introduced the bipartisan Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act (H.R. 3535).
All students who are Deaf, visually impaired or blind, and those who are deafblind can achieve more with appropriate access to the world, to language, to literacy and to knowledgeable educational personnel. Help the new generation of Alices, Annies and Helens, including those with additional disabilities, thrive. Stand with us to pass the Cogswell-Macy Act! For more information, visit http://www.afb.org/info/get-connected/take-action/12 .
Supporting Organizations:DeafBlind Citizens in Action (DBCA)American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)National Family Assoication for Deaf-Blind (NFADB)The CHARGE Syndrome FoundationTexas Association Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (TAPVI)The New York Parent Association For DeafBlind (NYPADB)Pennsylvania Partnership for the DeafBlind (PPDB)The Deaf-Blind Multi Handicapped Association of TexasTexas Hands & VoicesTexas CHARGERS, Inc.