New Voices works to improve educational opportunities for children with severe communication and mobility disabilities.
New Voices Foundation and Durham Public Schools have joined forces to create the Durham Model Assessment Classroom (DMAC) at Easley Elementary in Durham, NC. It is the first classroom in North Carolina established to focus specifically on the complex needs of children with significant communication and physical disabilities. Students included in this project will receive comprehensive assessments by PT, OT, and Speech therapists from Durham Public Schools and have immediate access to assistive technology for trial and use in the classroom. School staff will receive additional training and support about including technology in the classroom. There will also be an outreach component to address the needs of children in their current school setting who fit the disability criteria of the project. To learn more about the classroom and ways that you can help click on the “Learn More” button.Learn More >
The Carolina Hurricanes’s mascot Stormy made a special visit to Easley Elementary in Durham, NC to officially open the “Storm Zone Learning Lab” for students with severe communication needs. Stormy kicked off the event by using switch adapted scissors to cut the blue ribbon to the Storm Zone Learning Lab, showing off some of the advanced technology the students in Mrs. St. John’s class will use to better communicate and learn. The Storm Zone Learning Center has been made possible by a grant from the Carolina Hurricanes’s Kid’s ‘N Community Foundation and New Voices Foundation.
New Voices Foundation is sponsoring a social group for youth that use augmentative/alternative communication in the Research Triangle Park, NC area.
The purpose of the group is to give kids the chance to practice using their communication skills/devices and have fun! We are lucky to have graduate students from the UNC Speech and Hearing Department to coordinate the events. It will be a once a month event on a Sunday from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
If you would like to learn more, please contact Sandy McMillan via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Awards for Excellence were won by Amanda Austin Hummel, a pre-K teacher at Hilburn Academy of Wake County Schools, Luanne Holland, a speech/language pathologist from Durham County Schools and Trudy Maness, a special educator K – 5 at Morehead Elementary of Durham County Schools. The award for Advocacy was won by Charlotte Hughes a physical therapist from Orange County Schools.
The Lara Jane Parker Awards Program was instituted to provide both reward and recognition to outstanding people who work daily to improve the lives of New Voices children. These individuals help improve their schools and communities in ways that allow these children to be fully included in all aspects of their daily lives.
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