Thursday, September 21, 2017

Not Just a House but a Home

Let's face and dad are not going to live forever. It's never too soon to start thinking about the appropriate housing solution for a child who will require additional supports all their lives.

Attached is an article about a concept called co-housing. It's one of the ideas that I'm hearing about at meetings that I attend.It's exciting to see options that more closely resemble what we truly want for our kids; safety, dignity, choices, and supportive community.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Communicating during an Emergency

At the State Employees' Charity Campaign kick off I was approached by someone asking if I had access to some communication boards that were specific to emergencies. I received this today from the Augmentative Communication Online Users Group @ .  

"Given the potential for disastrous effects of hurricane Irma, the importance of communication during times of emergency is heightened.
Here is a link to downloadable free communication boards that were developed after Katrina for communicating during times of emergency. Please go to this link
to find the actual boards and how to use them. Please share these communication boards widely. They are in English,Spanish, and Haitian Creole.
Be prepared and be safe"  

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Grandparenting a child with a disability? How Can You Help?

Gram Power 101

If you are a grandparent of a special needs grandchild, then this series may be just what you are looking for. Learn about the several major developmental disabilities and the many categories of exceptional children. Discuss ways to understand and help your children in working with their children with special needs. The program, structured over four sessions, organized as follows:

Four sessions: Thursdays, Oct. 5 & 12, Nov. 9 & 16. 10 am – Noon. Fee: $20
Session 1 – Children with Special Needs and their parent’s journey. The important role of Grandparents.
Session 2 – The varieties of special needs and the “Five Bumps in the Road”.
Session 3 – Different Cases – Different Places. Transition Issues and Community Living.
Session 4 – The Law, Services, Resources and Issues.

INSTRUCTOR:Dr. Don Stedman

Don Stedman is a Developmental Psychologist and UNC – Chapel Hill Emeritus Dean and Professor of Education and Child Development who has worked with children with developmental issues and their families for over 45 years. He is former Associate Director of UNC – Chapel Hill’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, former Director of the Vanderbilt /Peabody Kennedy Center for Research in Child Development at Vanderbilt University, and former Pediatric Psychologist at the Duke University Medical Center. He loves working with grandparents because he is one, too!

COURSE #3512

Link for more information

and to register:

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

State Employees Combined Campaign Kick Off

SECC #3912

DATE:                            Friday, August 18th
TIME:                            11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
LOCATION:                   Bicentennial Mall, 
                                      Downtown Raleigh, NC

New Voices is pleased to announce that we have been chosen as one of the agencies included in this year's State Employees Combined Campaign. We will be out on the mall next Friday with information about our organization and something for all who stop by! Come see us and remember our number 3912.  

Saturday, June 17, 2017

2017 Stephen E. Sallee Assistive Technology Award of Excellence

The Grant Advisory Council for the North Carolina Assistive Technology Program is currently receiving nominations for the Stephen E. Sallee Assistive Technology Award of Excellence. The purpose of the awards is to recognize individuals who have demonstrated leadership in promoting the use of assistive technology for North Carolinians with disabilities. An award is presented in two categories: the AT User and the Professional/Advocate/Volunteer categories.

One of the greatest honors is to be recognized by your peers.  Please take the time to share information and nominate an individual or organization who you believe is deserving of recognition.  This is a great time to recognize people and/or organizations who have done great things in our state in assistive technology.  The Grant Advisory Council is accepting nominations now.  The deadline for submitting nominations is Noon September 15, 2017Award winners will be announced and honored at the 2017 Global Rehabilitation Enhanced with Assistive Technology (GREAT) Conference on October 19th, 2017 in Wilmington, NC.

If you have any questions, please contact Frank Harden at NC Assistive Technology Program at 919-859-8360 or  

A copy of the nomination form is attached, and additional information about the award nomination process and when and where the awards will be presented is described below:

Friday, June 9, 2017

Have you seen Certain Proof??

Certain Proof is a documentary about three children who constantly have to prove their ability to learn.  Certain Proof is available for purchase on iTunes.  New Voices coordinated the production of this documentary to raise awareness about the underestimated potential of children who struggle to speak and walk.  It has won several awards and has been seen by people in many countries. It is also a great teaching tool for new teachers, therapists, and others who work with our kids. If you would like to organize a screening, please contact New Voices. Maybe one of the kids will be available to meet with your group!

Kay is now a senior at NC State and will be graduating in December 2017 with a degree in Political Science with minors in Accounting and Nonprofit Studies.  She will graduate with highest honors.

Friday, June 2, 2017

One Site - All Services - Wake Network of Care

Wake County has invested time and talent to create a a one-stop resource directory to help you locate needed services and supports throughout the Wake community.  The good news is that it is there is a way to add your organization, make changes, or notify them if the link is no longer working. This should go a long way to ensure that the data is up-to-date.  Here is a link to Wake Network of Care.

Take some time and explore the extensive list under Service Directory. While there isn't a dedicated "Disability" section, there is a Intellectual/Developmental Disability section, as well as an Education section. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

With a Click of a Flic

Loving me some technology!

There are more and more products, not specifically designed for persons with disabilities, which have great applications for PWDs (people with disabilities).  I recently found Flic.  It’s a one inch button that wirelessly connects to a smartphone or Iphone that can be programmed to do a number of tasks, including turning smart lights on and off, making phone calls or sending texts with a click. Imagine being able to call for help when you can't reach your communication device! We are using Flic to send a text that says "I need HELP" and shows where you are located.

It costs less than $35 on Amazon.
Did you know – if you shop online at Amazon, they will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to the charitable organization selected by you (I hope you will choose New Voices Foundation!).  Same products and prices as the regular amazon site.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Welcome to New Voices Speaks

New Voices Foundation's mission is to improve the education opportunities of children with significant disabilities, affecting their ability to speak and move, by increasing awareness of their underestimated potential and elevating the capabilities of families, teachers, and other professionals who work with them.

Working with school districts and other like-minded organizations, New Voices provides supplemental materials and assessment tools, improves access to assistive technology, and provides training and resources to those who work with them. While New Voices’ focus has been in the Triangle region of North Carolina, New Voices is committed to replication across the state and the country.  We believe every child should be given the opportunity to fulfill their highest potential.

Not Just a House but a Home

Let's face and dad are not going to live forever. It's never too soon to start thinking about the appropriate housing s...