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For an update on plans for the Cogswell-Macy Act in the 117th Congress, join us for:

Ready, Set, Advocate: Standing Together for Kids with Sensory Disabilities

Tuesday Evening, February 16, 2021 • 4:30 Pacific time / 7:30 PM Eastern time

To attend, register free of charge at: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUpdOGqrzwrH9EOc5zIOt0G6-IN2W7rJ1eG

Who Should Attend? —All who are concerned about the special education and related service needs and rights of students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, or who may also have additional disabilities.

What’s Happening? —On Tuesday evening, February 16, at 7:30pm Eastern, leadership of the sensory disabilities special education fields are hosting a community-wide virtual gathering to launch a comprehensive agenda for change with a new Congress and Administration. This coalition kickoff event will brief attendees on progress made to date to affect national legislative and regulatory improvements to America’s special education system. Attendees will learn about immediate next steps in Congress, the strategies and tactics to be deployed in 2021 and beyond, and how everyone can play a part in these critical efforts as we make the most of new opportunities to achieve results.

What Will Be Expected of You? —We hope you will join in this important gathering to launch our 2021 coalition activities. Participation is free of charge, but you are asked to register to attend. We will be discussing ways in which participants can help all of us amplify our messages and urge policymakers to take action. We want this coalition kickoff event to be as inclusive as possible, so please do consider sharing this open invitation to participate with your own networks.

Register now! https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUpdOGqrzwrH9EOc5zIOt0G6-IN2W7rJ1eG

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Note: This information below was current during the 116th Congress and is posted here for informational purposes. We expect the bill to be introduced again during the 117th Congress, which convened January 3, 2021. When it is introduced it will have new bill numbers. This site will be updated with bill numbers and sponsors at that time. The substance of the bill will remain the same.

Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act, H.R. 4822, S. 2681 (116th Congress)

On October 23, 2019, this bill was introduced on a bipartisan, bicameral basis.

This bill amends the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to require a state to identify, evaluate, and provide special education and related services to children who have visual or hearing disabilities (or both) and also are, or may be, classified in another disability category. A state must ensure that it has enough qualified personnel to serve children who have such disabilities and that a full continuum of alternative placements is available to meet the needs of disabled children for special education and related services.

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