Four-Year Baccalaureate University To Host Local Foundation’s Movie On Discovering How To Unleash The Potential Of Children With Communications Challenges
William Peace University (http://www.peace.edu), a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, has announced that it will host a special viewing of Certain Proof: A Question of Worth, an award-winning documentary produced by Footpath Pictures in cooperation with the local New Voices Foundation, at the Browne-McPherson Performing Arts Center in Kenan Hall Monday, Oct. 15 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The documentary was written, directed and produced in its entirety in Wake County by filmmakers Ray and Susan Ellis. It portrays how difficult but necessary it is for families and teachers to find ways to unleash the potential of children who cannot speak or use their hands to write by following the struggles of three children with cerebral palsy in public schools over the course of two and a half years. This documentary outlines the goal of the New Voices Foundation, which works to improve educational opportunities for children with severe communication and mobility disabilities. Attending the showing will be Don Stedman, Ph.D., co-founder and president of the New Voices Foundation.
Following the showing, there will be a book signing from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring Dr. Sharon Draper, a two-time Coretta Scott King award-winning children’s author. Draper will discuss and sign copies of her recent novel, Out of My Mind, which chronicles the story of a New Voices-like child, 11-year-old Melody, who is unable to speak or walk. The novel chronicles Melody’s frustrations and successes as she is given the opportunity to communicate.
William Peace University will be hosting students from its education department as well as those from the same programs at Meredith College and NC State University for the event. The public is invited to attend this free event, but reservations for the showing are required. Tickets can be obtained by Wednesday, Oct. 10 through filling out a form at https://wpeaceu.wufoo.com/forms/new-voices-documentary-seating-reservations.
“We are honored to be allowed the opportunity to host Certain Proof: A Question of Worth and feature a book signing with Dr. Sharon Draper,” said Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., president of William Peace University. “Dr. Stedman, who is a former university dean, founded New Voices with the belief that the educational community can and should be expanding opportunities for everyone to learn wherever possible and supporting those families and children in the process. The powerful stories told here about the challenges and triumphs of these children are moving testaments about the importance of being able to participate in our educational system. We encourage all those interested to attend this event.”
Certain Proof: A Question of Worth has garnered acclaim at the Seattle True Independent Film Festival, Vail Film Festival and other public showings.
For more information on the film, visit http://www.certainproof.com/site.
ABOUT WILLIAM PEACE UNIVERSITY:
William Peace University is located in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina. It was founded in 1857 as Peace Institute, offering education for boys and girls in primary grades and to women from high school to college. Peace, an all women’s college, became a four-year baccalaureate college and graduated its first bachelor’s students in August of 1996. Exclusively an all-women’s institution for its first 152 years, Peace began offering coeducational evening courses through the William Peace School of Professional Studies in 2009. In 2011, Peace College transitioned to William Peace University and welcomed its first coeducational class to its day program in fall 2012. Its mission is to prepare students for careers in the organizations of tomorrow. On average, more than 90 percent of the university’s graduates are placed in jobs or graduate school within one year of graduation. For more information, please visit http://www.peace.edu.