FSN Community News
February 2017
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Family Support Network Staff
Providing Support, Education, and Caring Connections to Families of Children with Special Needs
Celebrating Adult Neuro Diversity “Social Animals” meets monthly for fun and friendship. The cost for attending is only $5. The group (18+) meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Family Services building located 1200 S. Broad St. in Winston Salem. Want more information? Contact Genevieve Athens at athensgs@gmail.com or call    
An Overview of IEPs & 504s
A free workshop for parents and families of children with disabilities and special needs.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
5:30 pm – 7:00 PM
All materials and a light supper will be provided at no cost. Please register in advance for supper!
Kids Count Pediatrics
1919 North Bridge Street
Elkin, NC 28621
For more information about this event, click HERE.
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Trasition Fair
March 14, 2017
3:00 - 6:00 PM
Carter High School
For more information, click HERE.
NC ABLE Program
Beginning Thursday, January 26, 2017, people with disabilities and their families can save and invest without losing means-tested benefits.
Read more HERE.
LIFESPAN Respite Care Voucher Application
Good News! The latest round of Lifespan Respite Care Vouchers for family caregivers is now available!
For more information, click HERE.
Yes, AND!
Improv(ing) Social Skills
Improvisational (improv) theatre is often incorrectly stereotyped as unplanned, unstructured, and spontaneous. And while it is
unrehearsed — just as life is — true improv is rooted in the practice of solid communication skills, making it beneficial for individuals on the
autism spectrum who are working on social skills and language development. For more information, click HERE.
Dance Together
Come join members of Wake Forest’s Dance Company and Best Buddies for a series of dance classes at the Scales Fine Arts Center for fun, movement and dance. A great opportunity for social interaction, this class is completely free! For more information, click HERE.
Challengers Baseball at Northwest Forsyth American Little League
April 1, 2017 - Opening Day
Contact: Joe & Tiffany Schmitz
Registration: http://www.nwfall.org/
Here Comes the Bus!
Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools now have a new app called “Here Comes the Bus” to help parents track where their child’s bus is in real time.  Article and link for the app can be found HERE.
Good To Know...
Abram’s Bed
Maker of The Safety Sleeper
A fully enclosed bed system for special needs families.
To give away: bath chair for child elementary age + up to 160 lbs
Need: Special Car Seat with 5 point harness for child 65 lbs.; long socks to go over AFOs for female elementary student
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 ChrisFSN@theCFEC.org.
Follow Us on Facebook
Be sure to “like” The Centers for Exceptional Children on Facebook. Family Support Network regularly posts information and updates.
Chat & Snack
Can you help us make some connections? 
The Family Support Network of Greater Forsyth provides three outreach events a month at our local hospitals.  We partner with local groups and restaurants who would like to provide dinner to families who have children at Brenner Children’s Hospital or in one of our local Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Units.  We are currently looking for groups who are interested in providing volunteers and food for an event in 2017.
Do you have a connection with a volunteer group, civic organization or restaurant that might like to sponsor a “CHAT & SNACK” at one of our local hospitals?  Please call the Family Support Network office at 336-703-4289 for more details about this wonderful community service.

El Grupo de Esperanza
Parent Group for Spanish Speaking Families of Children with Special Needs
Monday February 13, 2017
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
El Buen Pastor Latino Community Services
4637 Tim Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Questions?  Call/email Michele at 336-703-4289 or MicheleFSN@theCFEC.org

Exceptional Families Meeting
"Gimme a break!"  The need for respite care
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Thursday, February 23, 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 ChrisFSN@theCFEC.org 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 ChrisFSN@theCFEC.org 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: February 18, 2017, 4:00-5:30 PM
Find them on Facebook at Greater Forsyth County Younglife Capernaum 
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 ylcapernaumfoco@gmail.com or call Greater Forsyth County Young Life office at 336.725.1750 if you have questions. For more information click HERE.

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

Joy Prom Winston-Salem 2017
Winston-Salem Christian School
Guest registration opens February 1, 2017 for Joy Prom Winston-Salem.  Following on the wonderful Joy Prom Winston-Salem of last year, this event will be held again at Winston-Salem Christian School on April 29, 2017  from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM. Love Out Loud will again serve as our event partner. The event is free and open to individuals 16 and older with developmental, intellectual or physical disabilities. Volunteer registration will open on February 14th.  We anticipate more than 175 guests and will need more than 200 volunteers. Details and a brief video clip from last year are on the Joy Prom website: http://joypromwinstonsalem.org/.

Sensory Friendly Night: Ice Venture! 
Children's Museum of Winston-Salem
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Come build a snowman with us!  Create a special winter craft, enjoy a storytime, and sock-skate in our seasonal exhibit, Ice Venture! Sensory Friendly programming modifications include choice boards and a designated quiet room. Download a social narrative and visual schedule to help prepare for your visit by visiting: childrensmuseumofws.org/visit/accessibility/.
Admission is $3/person for members and nonmembers.
Saturday, February 18
5:30 - 8:00 PM

NC Sibling Conference
For Adult Siblings of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
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10 AM - 5 PM
The first ever North Carolina conference for adult siblings of individuals with developmental disabilities will be held at the Hampton Inn & Suites Carrboro, just minutes away from UNC Chapel Hill. 
The conference will be followed by “Sibs InFocus,” an advocacy gallery and networking event free to siblings and sibling supporters from the community at large (Starts at 6 PM). Siblings wanting to submit a photo for the gallery should note their interest when registering. Come join us, make connections with other NC siblings, share and gain support.
For more information see www.NCsibs.org

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