Who: Johanna “Anne” Mansfield Sullivan Macy is the woman most of us know as the “Miracle Worker:” she was Helen Keller’s first teacher and lifelong companion.
What: The Anne Sullivan Macy Act is designed to enhance the protections of IDEA for students with visual impairments. As explained on the AFB’s Web site, the bill’s purpose is:
To promote and ensure delivery of high quality special education and related services to students with visual disabilities through instructional methodologies meeting their unique learning needs; to enhance accountability for the provision of such services; to establish a national collaborative resource on visual disabilities and educational excellence to supplement the current availability of such services; to support the ongoing professional development of instructors of students with visual disabilities; to foster the proliferation of research supporting the development and evaluation of effective and innovative assessments and instructional methodologies; and for other purposes.
You can read the full text of the bill on the AFB’s Web site at http://www.afb.org/section.aspx?FolderID=3&SectionID=3&TopicID=138&DocumentID=6028
When: On Thursday, June 27th–Helen Keller’s birthday–the AFB is hosting a national call-in day for the support of the Anne Sullivan Macy Act. This is your chance to make a difference in the education of blind and visually-impaired students in the US education system–kids like Peanut.
Visit the AFB’s Take Action site at: http://www.afb.org/section.aspx?FolderID=5&SectionID=106 for information on how to take part. Visit Mark Richert’s excellent blog entry, “Make a Call, Make a Difference: National Macy Act Call-In Day on June 27th,” for reasons we should support the act and for links on how to take part in the Call-In Day this Thursday: http://www.familyconnect.org/blog.asp?BlogEntryID=764&BlogID=1.