Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Cogswell-Macy Act Call-In Day

April 14th is the 150th birthday of Anne Sullivan Macy and, as such, is a fitting day to organize a call-in to support the Cogswell-Macy Act.  Named for the first deaf student to be formally educated in the U.S. and for Helen Keller's beloved teacher, respectively, the Cogswell-Macy Act seeks to do the following:

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  • Ensure specialized instruction specifically for students who are visually impaired, deafblind, or deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Increase the availability of services and resources by ensuring all students who are deaf or hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, or deafblind are accounted for.
  • Enhance accountability at the state and federal levels.
  • Increase research into best practices for teaching and evaluating students with visual impairments by establishing the Anne Sullivan Macy Center on Visual Disability and Educational Excellence—a collaborative consortium of nonprofits, higher education institutions, and other agencies to provide technical support, research assistance, and professional development.
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is hoping that you will join the national call-in day!  

Event Date: 

Apr 14, 2016