New Voices works to improve educational opportunities for children with severe communication and mobility disabilities.
The Lara Jane Parker Awards Program – was established to provide both reward and recognition to those outstanding teachers, therapists, parents, education and health professionals and leaders who work daily to improve the lives of New Voices children. These individuals help improve their schools and their communities in ways that will allow these children to be fully included in all aspects of their daily lives.
Who Was Lara Jane Parker?
When Lara Parker was born on April 1, 1971, she did not breathe for fifteen minutes. Her parents were told that she had little chance of surviving. But survive she did!
At nine months of age Lara was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. The family hoped that she would be able to walk with braces and talk. However, the prognosis grew increasingly pessimistic over time as she failed to achieve the ability to sit, stand or verbalize. Lara was unable to walk, speak or use her hands in any purposeful way. However, as limiting as her physical abilities were, she received her undergraduate degree from the UNC – Chapel Hill in 1999 and lived in her own apartment.
Lara Parker was active in advocacy issues for the disabled. She was appointed by Governor James B. Hunter to the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities, and was serving as its Vice Chair at the time of her death. She also was a member of the Executive and Systems Change Committees of the Council. As a speaker at regional and national meetings, Lara Parker inspired others with disabilities to live independently.
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PODD 2-Day Introductory Workshop
Presented by Debbie Reinhartsen
September 11 & 12, 2017
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