Read About the Cogswell/Macy Act, H.R. 1120


The Executive Committee of the National Coalition on Deafblindness collaborated with Mark Richert from the blind and visually impaired community and Barbara Raimondo from the deaf and hard of hearing community to include language related to the education of children and youth with deafblindness in proposed federal legislation–the Alice Cogswell and Anne Macy Sullivan Act.

During the Fall of 2014, the Committee gathered input from the field and worked with Barbara and Mark to draft what is now known as Title III of the Cogswell/Macy Act. Among other language, Title III includes wording which:

  • Designates intervener services in the “related services” listing
  • Reflects the need for the recognition of and training for teachers of the deafblind
  • Adapts the federal definition of deafblindness
  • Requires each state to specifically address deafblind issues in the development of its state plan

The full version of the Cogswell/Macy Act, now titled H.R. 1120, was introduced into Congress on February 16, 2017. To view the current Cogswell/Macy Act, please click this link: Cogswell/Macy.

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