Division on Visual Impairments


A quarterly newsletter from the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Visual Impairments containing practitioner tips for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and other professionals.

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VIDBE-Q Volume 66, Issue 2 19 \ Nominated by Kathryn Botsford and Amy T. Parker Mr. Mark D. Richert, Esq., has an acute grasp of national policy development, has mentored many leaders in the field, and has committed to serve as a leader of an international professional organization. While Mark was serving as the Policy Director at the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) he used his knowledge of the law, his passion for the field of visual impairment and his skills in coalition building to craft and pass the 21 st Century Communication and Video Description Act of 2010. This legislation has had a profound impact on video description, captioning, and has provided thousands of people who are deafblind access to telecommunication connections, including the internet. In addition to working on other seminal policy initiatives, Mark wrote a large portion of the Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan-Macy Act which has been instrumental in articulating the needs of children with sensory disabilities in our nation. Mark's role in developing and promoting the Cogswell-Macy Act is noteworthy because it has provided a tool for articulating our needs at a national level and has conjoined our voices with all educators who serve those with sensory Advocate of the Year Mark Richert

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