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Update on the 2013 National Macy Act Call-In Day

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Thank you to everyone who made calls, sent tweets, and spread the word about the June 27, 2013, National Macy Act Call Day! We had fantastic participation, with over 630 calls made to senators and representatives in support of the act.

Today, as a direct result of your call to Congress, the most comprehensive legislation to enhance and reform America's special education system for students with vision loss and students with hearing loss has been introduced. H.R. 4040, the Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act, once enacted, will ensure that: every child who is deaf and every child who is blind, regardless of whether they have additional disabilities, will be properly counted and served; each of a child's unique learning needs will be properly evaluated; states will engage in strategic planning to be sure that they can in fact meet each child's specialized needs; the U.S. Department of Education will do its part to hold states and schools accountable; students who are deaf will be served by qualified personnel; and students who are blind will receive state-of-the-art services and skills supported through a new major national collaborative initiative addressing their unique learning needs.

It's not too late to show your support! The dedicated phone numbers are no longer available, but you can still reach out to Congress! Read more on our Five Great Ways to Support the Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act webpage. When calling, be sure to reference the bill, H.R. 3535: The Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act.

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