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Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act

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A bill to promote and ensure delivery of high-quality special education and related services to students with visual disabilities or who are deaf or hard of hearing or deaf-blind through instructional methodologies meeting their unique learning needs, to enhance accountability for the provision of such services, and for other purposes.


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Date Actions Overview
10/23/2019Introduced in Senate

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10/23/2019Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
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Cosponsors (3)

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CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Sen. Capito, Shelley Moore [R-WV]* 10/23/2019
Sen. Braun, Mike [R-IN] 06/11/2020
Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA] 06/11/2020

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Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions10/23/2019 Referred to

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Introduced in Senate (10/23/2019)

Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act

This bill expands special education and related services for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, for students with visual disabilities, and for children and youth who are deaf-blind.

The individualized education program for each child who is visually and/or hearing impaired must include specified components and must provide the child with instruction that meets the child's unique learning needs.

In addition, a state's closure of a special school serving deaf or blind children shall count as a reduction of its financial support for special education and related services.

Among other provisions, the bill authorizes support, including grants for training special education personnel, to be used in preparing individuals to become qualified teachers and early intervention specialists for children with hearing disabilities.

The bill establishes within the Department of Education the Anne Sullivan Macy Center on Visual Disability and Educational Excellence to better support students with visual disabilities.