New Voices works to improve educational opportunities for children with severe communication and mobility disabilities.
School’s back in session and our team at the Durham Model Assessment Classroom has been busy putting the final touches on their materials for the coming year and working with students to assess their abilities and needs. So, how do you know if a nonverbal child has mastered early reading skills? Our team is using the ReachMe Informal Reading Assessment and Classroom Suite Version 4 from Intellitools as one tool. Check out the video at www.specialneedsplanet.com to learn more about how this is done. Please consider making a donation to New Voices so that we can continue to make these resources available in the classroom. This product set cost around $500. Once a New Voices child proves he/she can read, the sky is the limit!
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The Carolina Hurricane’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 Hurricane’s Kid’s ‘N Community Foundation and New Voices Foundation.
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 the 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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