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The National Agenda Moves into the New Millennium

By Kate Moss, Family Support Specialist, TSBVI, Texas Deafblind Outreach

The National Agenda for the Education of Children and Youths with Visual Impairments, Including Those with Multiple Disabilities is a set of eight priorities for the education of children and youths with visual disabilities. This document was developed by national leaders in the field of visual impairments as a result of discussions begun at the 1993 meeting of the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) in Louisville, Kentucky. The National Agenda proposed meeting these goals by the year 2000. As the century comes to a close and the new millennium is upon us, the Co-chairs, the National Goal Leaders, the State Coordinators, and the Advisory Board of that group feel a profound sense of accomplishment for the current achievements of the National Agenda.

All of the parents, professionals, and consumers who have worked toward the achievement of the National Agenda are to be applauded for their on-going efforts. Although all eight goals may not be met in all 50 states by the year 2000, the successes in many states, should be heralded. Their state plans reflect the efforts they have made to improve the quality of education for blind and visually impaired students in this country.

At the 1999 APH meeting there were over 30 attendees, the majority of whom were state coordinators. The excitement that the state coordinators have about implementing the National Agenda is still going strong. They are committed to continue until the goals are met - and this effort will not end with start of the new century.

Future National Agenda plans focus on the development of an updated Report to the Nation. A few of the products and projects already brought about by the efforts of this group are:

You may contact either of the co-chairs if you would like more information on these initiatives. Phil Hatlen may be reached at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 1100 West 45th Street, Austin, Texas 78756, by phone at (512) 454-8631, or by e-mail to hatlen_p@tsbvi.edu. Donna Stryker may be reached at 15554 Space Murals Lane, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88011, by phone at (505) 528-0403, or by e-mail to ForeverD@zianet.com

The group will be reconvening on February 4th and 5th, 2000, in Austin, Texas, at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. We will bring you an update on their work in future editions of SEE/HEAR. You may also visit the National Agenda homepage by going to <http://www.tsbvi.edu/agenda/index.htm> to keep informed of their work.


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