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.
This year winners will be honored at a ceremony on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at The Friday Center in Chapel Hill. A $500 cash award, a special trophy, and a letter of commendation will be bestowed upon the recipients at this prestigious event attended by family, peers, leaders, and the community.
Award for Excellence: This award recognizes individuals from the Alamance/Burlington, Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Orange, Wake counties school districts and the Chapel Hill—Carrboro City Schools, who have direct instructional or therapeutic contact with a school-aged child (or children) with communication and physical challenges. Possible nominees include Teachers, Special Educators, Speech and Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, or Assistive Technologists.
Award for Advocacy: This award recognizes individuals who advocate for a child (or children) with communication and physical challenges. These individuals promote inclusion by their interactions and support of children with significant communication and physical challenges. Possible nominees may include School Administrators, Principals, School Support Personnel, Community Leaders, Legislators, Parents, or Volunteers. Nominees need not be employed by the public schools.
Please send in your nomination today! The deadline for nominations is March 1st, 2017. Nominations can be submitted either on-line by filling out the form below or mailed to P.O. Box 12343, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2343 or emailed to Pat@NewVoicesNC.org.
Your support improves the lives of children who face challenges in speaking and walking.
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“Speechless” is a hit! Smashing stereotypes about children who struggle to walk and talk every Wednesday night. This show presents many real life issues faced by families like the DiMeo’s who just want their son included at school and in the community. The show’s creator, Scott Silveri, has personal experience with a nonverbal brother which brings authenticity to the show.
Let us know what you think of the show by commenting on our Facebook page or joining the conversation on Twitter.
The You Tube trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4u55WK6AbaM
New Voices will be offering scholarships to the North Carolina Augmentative Communication Association Conference to be held March 16 and 17, 2017 at UNC-Greensboro. Please contact us if you are interested.
For further information or to initiate the process, please contact us – email Pat@NewVoicesNC.org or call 919-659-5961.