Feature Writer Alena Roberts – Help Celebrate Ann Sullivan Macy by Signing the Petition and Contacting Your Representatives to Support the Macy Act
There have been numerous laws put into place over the years to support children with vision impairments. Some may say that we have done enough, but the number of blind adults that are unemployed is still too high and the Braille literacy rate continues to fall. The American Foundation for the Blind has written a bill called the Macy Act that would improve educational standards for visually impaired students and add support for teachers and other personnel who work with these students.
June 27th is the anniversary of Helen Keller’s birthday. On that day, AFB is asking that everyone who believes in the Macy Act call their Senators and Representatives to ask for their support of the bill. Here is a link that will provide you with phone numbers for contacting your members of congress: http://www.afb.org/blog.aspx?BlogID=7&BlogEntryID=762
AFB has also created a petition for the act that you can sign to show your support as well. Sign it by visiting this link: http://www.afb.org/section.aspx?DocumentID=6028&FolderID=3&SectionID=3&TopicID=138&mode=survey
For those that enjoy reading laws, here is a link to the act in it’s entirety: http://www.afb.org/section.aspx?DocumentID=6028&FolderID=3&SectionID=3&TopicID=138
Finally, because this act celebrates the work of Ann Sullivan Macy and Helen Keller, here is a link to a video that was recorded in 1930 where Ann describes how she taught Helen to speak: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gv1uLfF35Uw