Cogswell Macy Act

Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act
H.R. 3535

The Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act is intended to make the strongest case possible for the need for dramatic improvements in the education of students who are blind, deaf, or deaf blind. H.R. 3535 is the most comprehensive special education legislation meeting the unique needs of students with sensory disabilities.

Deaf-Blind Children Will Thrive With 3535

  • Assure All children with Deaf-Blindness are counted and properly served regardless of classification.
  • Assure Children with Deaf-Blindness have Qualified Personnel: Teacher of the Deaf, Deaf-Blind, Intervener, or SSP (Support Service Provider).
  • Specifies Intervener as a ‘Related Service.”
  • Enhance “special factors” to provide for Deaf-Blind students’ need for language, communication, Expanded Core Curriculum, and other learning needs.

Ask your congressman to co-sponsor the Cogswell- Macy Bill – H.R. 3535.
The hope is that this bill will become an amendment to the re-authorization of IDEA.

Ask your congressman to introduce the Cogswell- Macy Bill (H.R. 3535) in the US Senate.

Gillibrand, Kirsten E.
478 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4451,

Schumer, Charles E.
478 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-6542,

Advocacy Tips
Identity yourself as a constituent and
Parent of a Deaf-Blind Child or Family member
Member of New York Parent Association for Deaf-Blind (NYPADB), and/or
NFADB,  NAPVI, CHARGE Syndrome Foundation, Usher Syndrome Coalition, etc.
Because Children with Deaf-Blindness Count!

Sample Letter to Congress

Sample Letter to Senate

Learn more about the Cogeswell-Macy Bill





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