FSN Community News
March 2017
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Family Support Network Staff
Providing Support, Education, and Caring Connections to Families of Children with Special Needs
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.
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Transition Fair
March 14, 2017
3:00 - 6:00 PM
Carter High School
For more information, click HERE.
Bottom Dollars
Documentary about sheltered workshops and the subminimum wage - viewing and discussion.
March 14, 2017
Winston-Salem State University
For more information, click HERE.
It Takes Two to Talk
Parent Training Program
This evidenced-based program, developed by The Hanen Centre, is well-known around the world.
FREE Orientation & Information Session
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 6:30pm
Simply Therapy
309 Harvey St, Winston Salem
Registration is required. For more information, click HERE.
NC Self Advocates Conference
March 25, 2017
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Embassy Suites
204 Centrepoint Drive
Greensboro, NC
For more information, click HERE.
2017 FSN Summer Camp Directory Available HERE!
Sensory Friendly Night
Easter Adventure!
Friday, April 14, 2017
5:00-7:30 PM
Kaleideum Downtown
Fore more information, click HERE.
2017 Disability Advocacy Conference
April 20, 2017 
Friday Center in Chapel Hill
Visit Disability Rights NC website for more details http://www.disabilityrightsnc.org/
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.
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.
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.
Victory Junction 
Check out Victory Junction’s Camp Schedule for 2017 for families or independent campers at 
Cerebral Palsy Survey
Transition to Adulthood and Self-Management
Research project for UNC with short survey. Compensation will be provided.
For more information or to participate, click  HERE.
How to Support Positive Development for Young Children with Challenging Behaviors - FREE Webinar
The "Ask the Expert" webinar archive includes the popular Classroom Management Supports for ADHD Behaviors in Early Childhood Education Settings. For details click HERE. 
Follow Us on Facebook
Be sure to “like” The Centers for Exceptional Children on Facebook. Family Support Network regularly posts information and updates.
Horticultural Therapy with JoAnn Yates
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March 10, 2017
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, 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.

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

Exceptional Families Meeting
Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies  
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Thursday, March 23, 2017
Dinner at 5:30 PM
Meeting and Childcare
6:00-8:00 PM
The Children's Center
2315 Coliseum Dr.
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
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.  

FSN Mentor Parent Training
Would you like to feel more confident in supporting other parents of children with special needs? 
Saturday April 22, 2017 
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM  
Please RSVP 336-703-4289 or email ChrisFSN@theCFEC.org.

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.

NC ABLE Saving Account Opportunities
FREE Webinar
Join National Disability Institute, The Collaborative and North Carolina Department of State Treasurer on March 9 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. to learn about ABLE accounts. The NC ABLE accounts are an opportunity for people with disabilities to save money in a tax-deferred account for expenses related to health and wellness, employment supports, education, housing, and other costs not covered by Medicaid. This webinar will provide an overview of ABLE accounts including who is eligible to open an ABLE account, how to open an account and how an ABLE account can help. ABLE accounts offer a means to increase protected savings that can improve the quality of life for people who have a disability now and in the future. This webinar is supported by the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities through the Upward to Financial Stability initiative. For more information or to register click HERE.

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: March 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.

3-2-1 Deacon Dash for Down Syndrome
Fun Run and 5K Race
Saturday, March 25, 2017
1 Mile Fun Run at 8:00 AM & 5K Race at 8:30 AM
If you're a runner, you love to cross finish lines.  So what's better than crossing one finish line??  Crossing TWO FINISH LINES!! The 3-2-1 Dash for Down Syndrome celebrates the individuals who have an extra (3rd) copy of the 21st chromosome, so this race has a little something extra too! Official times will be recorded at the 5K finish line, but runners dash the extra 0.11 mile to a second finish line at 3.21 miles, in honor of the 3rd copy of the 21st chromosome present in individuals with Down syndrome. And once you cross that first finish line, you'll be joined by DASHers with Down syndrome to cheer you on as you cross the 3.21 line.
Register at Bit.ly/PDSSN-Deacon-Dash-2017 and add a little something extra to your day on March 25! More information can be found HERE.

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

Joy Prom Winston-Salem 2017
Winston-Salem Christian School
Saturday, April 29, 2017
6:30-9:30 PM
Joy Prom Winston-Salem is a full-scale, annual prom for the special needs individuals in our community. Joy Prom welcomes guests ages 16+, with any physical, developmental, or intellectual "different ability!"
For more information, click HERE!

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