Voices Together is operating remotely and providing all services virtually during the pandemic.

Voices Together

What Parents Say

"Emma has grown leaps and bounds since beginning this program. She speaks up. She answers questions confidently. She goes in to work by herself and uses new work-related, as well as social, vocabulary. She has been praised time and again by managers for her excellent skills ."

Laura Brain, Parent

"For the first time in my child’s life, she is asking appropriate questions and giving more appropriate answers to others’ inquiries as well! "

Lisa Blocker, Parent

"The class has made a tremendous impact on my child’s confidence and ability to greet and have conversations with adults and peers."

Susan Nee, Parent

"Voices Together provides a context for relationship building, and only in real relationships do teenagers get to advance in the social skills they sorely need to survive in the rest of the world for the rest of their lives."

Betsy MacMichael, Parent

What Educators Say

“Voices Together provides pivotal life experiences and all the students have shown improvement in choosing/selecting, responsiveness to others, joint attention, waiting, taking turns and acting appropriately within a group dynamic. Voices Together provides extended language experiences that are linked to the classroom sessions. It helps provide experiences that add definition to life.” 

Tom Daly, Exceptional Children’s Teacher, Durham Public Schools

"We have been very impressed with the Pre-E.T.S (Employment Transition Services) Voices Together program that has been offered through the North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and have been inviting other county officials to come and observe it in action. We have seen significant progress in our students’ work-readiness skills such as communication and social/emotional learning. The students work on problem solving, understanding job settings and expectations, as well as advocating for themselves – critical skills for success at a job as they age out of high school. I believe this is a best practice that should be offered in classrooms across the state.”

Sloan Denny, Principal, Stoner-Thomas School

“It has truly been very positive for my students. Their socialization skills and willingness to participate has increased. One student, who did not interact with others, has started initiating interaction with his peers and increased his interaction with staff. Thank you so much. I truly hope that this is a program that will always be available for our students with special needs.”

Ms. Isreal, Exceptional Children’s Teacher, JF Webb High School

“One of my students who has difficulty with anger learned how to handle frustrations and anger, to talk about these areas. He actually came up to me at the end of the year and told me it would help him if I talk to him and work together with him to help him calm down before he gets really mad and then gets in trouble  Previously he would have just reacted and had a behavior.”

Exceptional Children’s Teacher, Wake County

“I believe that this program is an innovative educational model that can be used in all classrooms. I have seen students in special education classrooms increase vital skills from one session to the next. This is a best practice in education.”

Jan Riggsbee, Ed.D, Director and Chair, Duke’s Program in Education, Voices Together Board Member

What Legislators Say

“I watched a class (although watching is not the right word because I got so involved). Parents and teachers say the children respond for the first time, making progress they didn’t think was possible.”

N.C. Senator Ellie Kinnaird