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Your support has helped us accomplish more than ever

Every year, we set ambitious goals for ourselves. We know that the long hours spent working, and the money we raise translates into an innovative program for children and adults with developmental disabilities that will have a profound impact on their lives.

We love the moments when a student smiles and tells us what they are feeling for the first time, or when a teen in one of our community groups can share with their peers why they had a hard day, or when someone tells us they got their first job. Everyday, we see clients in our group’s blossom in leadership, self-awareness and self-esteem. These are the moments that fuel every day at Voices Together.

And, as we approach the thanksgiving season I wanted to take a minute to say thank you! Your support has helped us accomplish more than ever and it is because of your support that our organization has experienced such remarkable growth.

Let me share a few key accomplishments and goals your investment is helping to support:

This year, we were awarded a $250k challenge grant from The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust for a National Replication Project. This grant is helping to fund the development of a new and dynamic program for special education teacher’s to help better address the communication skills and social needs of their students. Thanks to the help of our supporters we are at 50% of reaching our $250k goal!

There are basic skills necessary to have a job in a community setting. A person needs to have basic social skills such as making eye contact with others, speaking to other employees and customers, and cooperation and teamwork. Our program helps address all of these skills, and this year with the support of The Ireland Family Foundation, we are partnering with Duke University on a pilot program and research study to evaluate our specialized music therapy model in the vocational setting.

Established through the generosity of family and friends the Brenna Currie Scholarship Fund helps ensure that individuals with developmental disabilities, along with their families, have access to leading-edge music therapy services regardless of their financial situation. Over 50% of Voices Together in the Community clients – more than ever before – receive free or reduced services thanks to donor support!

Voices Together in Education has been bringing our music therapy model directly into the classroom since 2006. Last year we served over 200 special education students in 32 classrooms across Orange, Chatham, Alamance, and Durham counties. This year, thanks to the support of our donors, we have expanded the number of classrooms being served! To date we served over 800 students in the Triangle and Triad.

This year we launched an exciting new research project in partnership with Duke University through The Bass Connection. The project will be the first rigorous analysis of Voices Together in Education music therapy model measuring our impact for elementary age children, particularly as it relates to their communication and socialization.

The summer of 2014 was an exciting time as donor support enabled us to expand our services by offering 8-week groups at YMCA Camp G.R.A.C.E in Raleigh, Durham Parks and Recreation Camp Explore and Camp Discover, Jordan Lake School of the Arts, Chatham Trades, Reality Ministries and the Arc of Orange County.

This year we are excited to launch our “Little Voices” for pre-school age children with success. Pre-school age children with developmental disabilities have unique educational challenges. Music therapy can give children motivation to participate when interacting with other people, and can enable those without language to communicate, participate and express themselves non-verbally.

Thank you for helping us to impact the lives of so many children, teens, and adults in our communities, we are so very grateful that you share our vision. You really do make a difference!

Best Wishes,
Yasmine White

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News from Voices Together


September 2014 Newsletter

In this Issue:
Back to School Tips
October Open House
VT is now an Official KidCents Charity

Back to School

Returning to school after summer vacation can be hard for any child. For a student with autism, this time of year can be especially stressful. Students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often have trouble adjusting to change.

1. Have you child make choices about their school supplies and what they might wear on their first day back.
2. Write a social story and talk about what the day will look like and how it will be different than summer.
3. Talk about what is exciting and what is scary before and after their first day of school. Give them support when it comes to what they may fear and let them know who their support system is within the school.

Register for an Open House

Voices Together in the Community group sessions are ideal for children, teens, and adults with developmental disabilities such as autism, and neurologic impairments.

Upcoming Open Houses

Preteens (8-12 years old)
Tuesday, October 14th
North Raleigh ~ 4:15-5:00 pm

Little Voices (3-7 years old)
Tuesday, October 14th
North Raleigh ~ 5:15-6:00 pm

Register  for one of our open houses and free introductory sessions.

Round Up and Help Kids in our Communities

We are excited to announce that we have partnered with Rite Aid and are now an official KidCents charity! KidCents is a program created by The Rite Aid Foundation that allows Rite Aid customers to round up their purchases to the nearest dollar and donate their change to help support kid-focused charities.

Voices Together will now be listed as an official KidCents charity on kidcents.com. Through KidCents, Rite Aid customers can visit www.kidcents.com, elect to round up their Rite Aid purchases, and donate their change to an official KidCents charity, which now includes us!

Sign up  to support Voices Together with your KidCents round-up donations.

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Exciting News from Voices Together

Voices Together July 2014 Newsletter

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Voices Together is excited to announce that we have a new collaboration for research with Duke University out of the Duke Bass Connection Initiative. The goal of the research project is to measure the efficacy of the Voices Together in Education program in NC public schools special education classrooms.

Project researcher, Dr. Geraldine Dawson, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Psychology, and Neuroscience, and Director of the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development said, “We are very excited to be partnering with Voices Together on this innovative project. About 30 percent of children and adolescents with autism are minimally verbal. We hope to demonstrate that the Voices Together program helps these children learn to communicate more effectively with others.”
Read the full story on our website… (http://voicestogether.net/for-immediate-release/)

By: Kate Geouge
Every day people with disabilities and are ignored, judged, pitied, or ridiculed. People look at the surface of someone with a diagnosis and don’t realize that the thoughts and feelings underneath are just as real and complex as their own. I love creating a space where our clients can come together to explore their feelings, to share them, to practice saying them out loud. Someday, they will have the opportunity to say them to someone who never listened before. And because they’ve practiced within the support and safety of the group, they will be heard. Read more online…

Double Your Gift Today
Your gift provides need based scholarship funds for our community programs, and helps to increase our capabilities to serve more students in special education classrooms in North Carolina.

Right now all donations will be matched 1:1 up to $250,000, enabling donors like you to double the impact of your contribution. So, for every dollar that is donated we receive two, donate $10 and Voices Together receives $20.

Help us support individuals with developmental disabilities living in our community.

A Message from our CEO
This month I was fortunate to be invited to speak at The World Congress of Music Therapy in Vienna, Austria. What an incredible experience! 45 countries were represented at the conference and over 1000 music therapists attended from around the world. I was so impressed by the depth and breadth of our profession and would like to share some amazing highlights with you

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