Members of the Durham Model Assessment Classroom team attended the February, 2013 NC Augmentative Communication Association Conference held in Durham, NC. Technology Integration Specialist, Linda Burkhart, the keynote speaker for the conference, is an internationally known pioneer in the field of simplified technology for children with severe challenges. She has developed numerous adapted switches and innovative strategies for using these devices with children.
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On October 15th 2012, New Voices joined with William Peace University in Raleigh, NC to present a peek into the lives of children with significant communication and physical disabilities. The future teachers from NC State, Meredith, William Peace, Shaw and St. Augustine Universities attended the event as part of their college course work.
Sharon Draper, author of Out of My Mind, a National Teacher of the Year and winner of two Coretta Scott King awards, was on hand to talk to this elite group of future educators about the challenges that face teachers who have students like Melody, her fictional character in Out of My Mind. A special showing of Certain Proof: A Question of Worth further demonstrated the need for additional help for those working with students with these challenges.
The event wrapped up with a meet and greet with Sharon, the children from Certain Proof, and New Voices Board members. Changing hearts and minds!
New Voices partnered with the NC Assistive Technology Program and NC Central University to conduct three workshops for Triangle area Speech and Language Pathologists in 2012. The trainings focused on helping the Speech Pathologists learn where to begin when working with a child who is unable to speak.
At the GReAT conference in 2012, New Voices held the final session of the Speech and Language Pathologists’ trainings focusing on the documentary, Certain Proof: A Question of Worth as a training tool. Dr. Penny Hatch, of the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies and UNC-CH, facilitated the training session.
New Voices also sponsored an Augmentative Communication track at the 2010 Assistive Technology Expo. New Voices provided scholarships for 24 teachers to attend the two-day training conference and hosted a special luncheon for the scholarship recipients to celebrate their dedication to children with special needs.
New Voices thanks the Rotary Clubs of Raleigh and Cary for their generous support of these trainings and scholarships.
The New Voices Interdisciplinary Consulting Project, which concluded in 2011, provided support to Triangle teachers and therapists who work with children who have communication and physical disabilities. The renowned UNC Center for Literacy and Disability Studies implemented the Interdisciplinary Consulting Project. From this project, New Voices was able to ascertain what supports were most needed and useful. This knowledge will be invaluable as New Voices embarks on its Assessment Classroom with Durham Public Schools.
The Consulting Project was made possible by a grant from CVS-Caremark Charitable Trust.