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FSN Community News
January 2017
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Family Support Network Staff
Providing Support, Education, and Caring Connections to Families of Children with Special Needs
iCan House
A free discussion, open to the public. Catering to topics relevant to parents with adult children who have developmental disorders, (autism, Asperger's, PDD-NOS, etc).
7:00-8:15 pm
862 W. 4th St.,
Winston-Salem, NC
For information call
336.723.0050 or email 
Keeping Kids Safe 
ASAN (Autism Self-Advocacy Network), is asking P2P to help them send around a survey "to parents and self-advocates on autism and safety, specifically so we can get some data on people's attitudes toward this sort of thing and strategies they've used to keep themselves or their kids safe." 
Click HERE to take the survey.
The Autism Society of North Carolina, Forsyth County Chapter will hold an informational program about our school district’s high school programs for students who have an autism spectrum diagnosis. Carol Fish, Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools' Exceptional Children Program Director -High School, will explain the available programs and classroom supports.
Monday, January 30, 2016
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Parkway Presbyterian Church
1000 Yorkshire Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Meeting: Room 251 (upper level in the classroom wing of the building)
Childcare: Room 116 (lower level under the sanctuary)
Parking is accessible from
Yorkshire Road (upper level) and from Kirklees Road (lower level). 
For directions and details on the meeting location, click HERE.
Childcare will be provided only if reserved in advance by January 20, 2017. Please send Childcare RSVP request including age of child via email message to:
To give away: Large youth/adult small diapers, disposable protective bed pads, simply thick, infinity feeding pump with pole and a large bag of syringes and feeding bags
Need: Couch, high chair,  pots and pans
If you have something you would like to give to another family or if you are looking for an item, please let us know and we will be happy to share this in our newsletter.  Please call 336.703.4289 for more info or email Chris at
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Exceptional Families Meeting
Updates from Cardinal Innovations Healthcare 
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Thursday, January 26, 2017
Dinner at 5:30 PM
Meeting and Childcare
6:00-7:30 PM
Little Creek Recreation Center
610 Foxcroft Dr.
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Dinner and childcare are provided free of charge with RSVPs. RSVP to or by calling our Family Support Network office at 336.703.4289.
Exceptional Families is a monthly discussion group for parents of children of all ages with special needs.  

Upcoming Spring 2017 Dates!
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March 10, April 7, and May 12
6:00-8:30 PM
Reservations taken 2 weeks prior to each event.
The Children’s Center
2315 Coliseum Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
For more information about Sibshops and sibling support, click HERE.
Sibshops are special events for kids ages 5-14 who have a brother or sister with special needs. Please call the Family Support office at 336.703.4289 or email Chris at to reserve your spot or for more information.

Young Life Capernaum Club
Young Life Program for Young Adults with Disabilities
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3474 Robinhood Rd.,
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Next Meeting: January 21, 2017, 4:00-5:30 PM
This is a specially designed Young Life program for young adults (ages14-22) with disabilities. This program uses a reverse inclusion model so lots of our typical teen friends come too! Everyone is welcome!  Please email or call Greater Forsyth County Young Life office at 336.725.1750 if you have questions. For more information click HERE.

Just as CPR helps you assist someone having a heart attack, Youth Mental Health First Aid helps you assist an adolescent experiencing a mental health crisis or mental health challenge.  
This four-week certification course will be offered at Centenary UMC (Winston-Salem) on Wednesdays beginning January 18, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. 
The course introduces participants to unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to respond effectively.  
Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. 
For all adults who regularly interact with adolescents. Childcare available with advance reservation. Attendance at all four weeks required.
$20 course registration fee, $5 dinner option offered each week. 
All are welcome!  Sponsored by Centenary's Shining Light on Mental Health Committee and Children's and Youth Ministries.  Learn more about the course at To register, click HERE

Piedmont Down Syndrome Support Network
PDSSN Annual Meeting feat. Dr. Jewett's Down Syndrome Research Update
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Friday, January 27, 2017
Redeemer Presbyterian Church
1046 Miller Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
5:45 pm – 6:15pm – Dinner
6:15pm – 7pm – Annual Business Meeting
7pm – 8:45pm – Dr. Jewett’s Presentation
Dinner and childcare provided at no cost with RSVP. We want to be sure to have enough food and child care for everyone, so please RSVP by January 24th at

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference
Monday, March 13, 2017
The program will be held at:
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Department of Education Building 
1400 Spring Garden Street
Greensboro, NC 27412

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