Read About the Cogswell/Macy Bill

Named for the first deaf student to be formally educated in the United States and for Helen Keller’s beloved teacher,  respectively, the Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act will strengthen the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to improve results for deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, and deafblind children, including those with additional disabilities.

Collaborators:

1.   National Coalition on Deafblindness

2.   American Federation for the Blind

3.   Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf

The Cogswell-Macy bill had bi-partisan support in the:  

·      113th Congress (2013 & 2014) as H.R.4040

·      114th Congress (2015 & 2016) as H.R.3535

·      115th Congress (2017 & 2018) as H.R.1120 and S.2087

During the Fall of 2014, the Executive Committee of the National Coalition on Deafblindess gathered input from the field and worked to draft what is now known as Title III - "Improving the effectiveness of Special education and related services for children and youth who are Deaf-Blind", 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 was introduced into Congress most recently on February 16, 2017. To view the current Cogswell/Macy Act, please click this link: Cogswell/Macy.

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