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Voices Together Press Release (1)

Voices Together Press Release (1)

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Published by: Kara Kotecki on Mar 21, 2012
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:
Lorilei Beerlorilei@voicestogether.net, 919.619.7316
VOICES TOGETHER IMPROVES LIVES IN GREENSBORO
 A unique approach to music therapy brings hope to the special-needs population of Greensboro
(
Greensboro, NC 
)
 – 
Voices Together, an organization dedicated to bettering the lives of individuals living with autism and other developmental disabilities, is partnering with LifeSpanto open new community groups in Greensboro. Voices Together groups employ unique,evidence-
 based techniques and original “talking songs” to ignite language, motivate expression
of feelings, accelerate learning and promote social skills
 – 
connections that are essential toindependence and inclusion in the community.Over 150,000 individuals from ages 6-22 in the state of North Carolina are living with autismand other developmental disabilities, according to Thoughtful House, an organization focused onserving the developmental disability community.
“In Gui
lford County alone,
the schools are serving over 700 students living with autism,” says
Chris Hocker, member of the Guilford County Autism Society.The Center for Disease Control reports that the incidence of autism is climbing at an alarmingrate. The need for innovative programming that builds communication and social skills to break the cycle of isolation is critical.
“As music uses a different part of the brain than speech and language, it is able to unlock 
language and even more remarkably, create neural pathways that ignite speech and language that
did not exist or has been long dormant,” says Yasmine White, founder and executive director of Voices Together. “When we use the power of music in a safe social setting, like a small group
chorus, participants also gain social skills, make friends and reduce negative behaviors that
interfere with learning.”
 Parents are advocating for alternative approaches, like Voices Together, that make breakthroughswhere other interventions have failed.
“The Voices Toge
ther program provides our son with an opportunity that was absent in ourcommunity for this special-needs population. Work has become fun as he develops his languageskills and social
skills,” said Deborah Meredith, mother of Bobby Meredith, who is a curre
ntmember of the Voices Together teen group in Greensboro.[more]

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