Our Next Business Meeting
The SCKCB will have our regular bi-monthly meeting on Sunday,
February 4th at 1:30 PM. The meeting will be held at the Neighborhood
& Community Services Building, located at 707 E. Main Ave.,
Bowling Green. Just follow East Main to the top of what is commonly
referred to as "Hospital Hill." There is a large parking lot on the
left side of the building below the street level. The entrance to our
meeting room is accessible from this lower parking lot level. Check
meetings page for specific driving
directions and Google Maps routing from your location.
This will be our first business meeting for for 2018, and the first
one in quite a while, as our October meeting was the fall picnic and
December's meeting will be the Christmas party both being non-business
Senators Markey and Capito Introduce Legislation to Improve
Educational Opportunities for Visual and Hearing-Impaired Students
Washington (November 7, 2017)
Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Senator Shelley Moore Capito
(R-W.V.) today introduced bipartisan legislation that would strengthen
the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to ensure that
visual and hearing-impaired students receive the best possible
education. The Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act will improve
the effectiveness and personalization of education and services for
students who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, and
deaf-blind. The legislation would improve reporting and evaluation
measures of special education in each state, increase training for
teachers and other special education professionals, and reaffirm the
Department of Education's mission and responsibility to ensure an
accessible and quality education for all students.
This bill is named after Alice Cogswell, the first deaf student to
be formally educated in the United States, and Anne Sullivan Macy,
Helen Keller's famous teacher. Congressman Matt Cartwright (PA-17) and
Congressman David McKinley (WV-1) introduced companion legislation in
the House of Representatives earlier this year.
More than one hundred years after Anne Sullivan Macy worked with
Hellen Keller at Massachusetts’s Perkins School, we are coming
together to ensure that students in the 21st century receive the
best education, said Senator Markey.
I am happy to
introduce this legislation with Senator Capito to help deaf, blind,
and deaf-blind students across the country by improving access to
quality education and offering them the chance to work with
effective educators and trained professionals. Every student should
have the opportunity to maximize their God-given abilities, and our
bill will help thousands of students do just that.
It is essential students in West Virginia and across the nation
who are deaf, hard of hearing or have vision loss receive the
specialized services they need to reach their fullest potential,
said Senator Capito.
The Cogswell-Macy Act would help ensure the
educational needs of these students are better met.
A copy of the legislation can be found HERE.
Specifically, the Cogswell-Macy Act would:
- Require states to identify and evaluate children who are visually
and hearing impaired so that appropriate services can be delivered
to each student, and report instances when they fall short.
- Help parents and educators stay informed and up-to-date through
written policy guidance released regularly from the Department of
- Encourage states to plan for and commit to specialized
instruction for all deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired,
and deaf-blind students, provided by trained personnel.
- Establish the Anne Sullivan Macy Center of Vision Loss and
Educational Excellence within the Department of Education to
function as a national resource to better support students with
Since 1975, the law has worked wonders in terms of ensuring the
right of every student with a disability to be included in our
public education system, said Mark Richert, Policy Director for
the American Foundation for the Blind.
But what we've never done
is to make sure that students, particularly kiddos who are blind,
visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deafblind, get what
they need once they get in the schoolhouse door. With Senate
introduction of the Cogswell-Macy Act, we're signaling to everyone
that we're not prepared to wait for the needs of another generation
of students with sensory disabilities to be ignored before we work
with our amazing champions on the Hill to change things.
This bill acknowledges and supports the various ways that deaf
and hard of hearing children learn. There is no 'one size fits all'
under IDEA, and the Cogswell-Macy Act will provide guidance to
states as to how to tailor individualized education to these
students, particularly in the areas of language and communication,
said Sandra Edwards, President of the Conference of Educational
Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD) and
Superintendent of the Mississippi School for the Deaf.
We are thrilled that the Cogswell-Macy Act will be introduced in
the Senate and thank Senator Markey for his leadership and passion,
said Dave Power, President and CEO of Perkins School for the Blind.
has been a fierce advocate in ensuring that blind,
visually-impaired, and deafblind students have access to the highest
quality services here in Massachusetts and nationally. Their ability
to fulfill their unique potential requires the strongest possible
IDEA and our ongoing commitment to seeing its execution.
When it becomes the law of the land, the Cogswell-Macy Act will
empower students who are deafblind to succeed in the 21st century
American classroom, said Mussie Gebre, President of DeafBlind
Citizens in Action (DBCA).
As deafblind people speaking for
ourselves, we in DBCA know from personal experience how providing
interveners, qualified teachers, and the whole range of
instructional services and supports today will make it possible
tomorrow for society to fully benefit from the brain power and drive
that our community has to offer.
The main communication between the SCKCB members is our SCKCB
mailing list. As many of you may know, we have been experiencing a few
minor problems with the list over the past year. We have resolved most
of the issues with the mailing list, though it appears we still have
an issue with our Vice President's postings being bounced. We continue
work to resolve these and any new issues that may arise.
Recently, a spam post unfortunately got through to the list, as many
of you know. The server flags posts to the list that it thinks might
be questionable for our review before getting posted to the list, as
it did for this post. The addresses associated with the post were good
enough that it fooled us into thinking that it was from a member
though it was not. As we do not censor messages from our members we
didn't look at it's content until it was too late. The good news is
that after checking out the post it appears that it was just that --
spam, not malware/virus infected. However, We appologize for this
message getting through at all. We have blocked all posts coming from
the server that originated this message and we will redouble our
efforts to make sure that this type of post doesn't get through to our
list again in the future. The blocking of the server involved will not
affect any of our member's ability to post messages.
If you experience any problems with the mailing list, or wish to
join the list, please contact our webmaster.
Please note that while we do not censor our members' posts, non-SCKCB
members' posts will be held until approved by the list managers. This
is to ensure that spam and/or malware posts do not make it through to
The South Central Kentucky Council of the Blind (SCKCB), our parent
organization, the American Council of the Blind, and its affiliates,
strive to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity
and quality of life for all blind and visually impaired people.
For more information about the South Central Kentucky
Council of the Blind or to join our organization, see our
About Us page.