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NEWS RELEASES 2002-03 :: MARCH 19, 2003

NANCE TO BE RECOGNIZED FOR RECEIVING NATIONAL YES I CAN! AWARD

Jordan Nance, a high school senior in the Rockingham County School System, will be recognized for receiving the national Yes I Can! Award today at 12:30 p.m. during the Department of Public Instruction’s Exceptional Children Advisory Council meeting, which is taking place in the 7th Floor Board Room, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh.

Nance, who has severe quadriplegic cerebal palsy that limits his skill in the areas of fine and gross motor, vision and speech, has been able to overcome these physical obstacles through the use of technology. His mastery of technological devices has facilitated improvement in his literacy and communication skills, which has enabled him to pursue his interest in TV and radio production.

The Yes I Can! Award recognizes individuals for their achievement in academics, the arts, independent living, athletics, community service, employment and extracurricular activities. The nominees are recruited through the media and print journals. The winners are chosen by a committee and are invited to the national convention of the Council for Exceptional Children, an organization for teachers of special education.

The mission of the Yes I Can! Foundation for Exceptional Children is to encourage, enhance, and empower children and youth with disabilities, and/or gifts/talents, in the pursuit of their individual goals and dreams. To date, more than 40,000 children and youth have been recognized through this program.

For more information, please contact Mary Watson, director, Exceptional Children Division, DPI, 919.807.3969, or via email, mwatson@dpi.state.nc.us.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.


For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.