FSN Community News
October 2017
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September Sibshops
Providing Support, Education, and Caring Connections to Families of Children with Special Needs
Family would like to give away: 
  • Pediatric safety bed (pictures available)
Families in need of these items: 
  • Small adult briefs
  • Powered wheelchair to donate for a 4th grader, who weighs approximately 45 lbs
  • Community need - Aura family needs 3 twin mattresses
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.
Breakfast with Santa
Save the Date!
Saturday, December 2, 2017
This year we are requesting donations of small individually wrapped candy and/or prizes, Little Debbie Gingerbread Man Cookies and Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes (all flavors) by November 17th.
Here Comes the Bus App
Making Trick or Treat Work for Kids with Autism
Fore more information, click HERE.
Sensory Friendly Night
Halloween Adventure at
Kaleideum Downtown!
October 31, 5:30-7:30 PM
For more information, click HERE.
Social Animals
Celebrating Adult Neurodiveristy
3rd Tuesday of the Month
For more information, click HERE.
Daddy-Daughter Dig & Date Night 
On Friday, October 13th the Wake Forest Volleyball team is hosting Daddy-Daughter Dig & Date Night. The girls will have the chance to get a picture with the Deacon and their dads and participate in a post-match dance party.
Young Life Capernaum for High School Students 
The Oct 23rd club will not meet at the Robinhood Y but intead will have a
Fall Chicken Stew and Hayride!
We will be meeting at the West's home at:
4:00 PM
Spread the word and bring a friend!!!
Special Hockey Club
Winston-Salem Youth Hockey Association  http://www.wsyha.org/home
Program runs Nov 2017 - Feb 2018
Free to participants!
King is building a new accessible playground!
The link to the WXII-12 clip is located HERE.
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Be sure to “like” The Centers for Exceptional Children on Facebook. Family Support Network regularly posts information and updates.
Welcome Erin Evans!
Family Support Network
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Erin Evans is the newest member of our Family Support Team.  Erin previously volunteered with our Chat & Snack program as a member of the Junior League.  Erin is a graduate of UNC and comes to us from Wake Forest University where she was working in Retail Management.  In her new role, Erin will be serving families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Brenner Children's Hospital as well as helping families in the community connect with local resources.  Erin and her husband Chris have two children, Aidan who attends The Children's Center and Noah who participates in our Sibshops program.  We are excited to bring Erin's knowledge and experience to our program.

SIBSHOPS ROCK! Practicing focus with rock balancing
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October 13, 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
Last Fall Sibshops - November 17
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 Espernaza
Parent Group for Spanish Speaking Families of Children with Special Needs
Monday October 9th, 2017
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Group will meet at El Buen Pastor Community Center  
Questions?  Call/email Rosa Sanchez at 336-703-4289 or RosaFSN@theCFEC.org

Exceptional Families Meeting
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Thursday, October 26, 2017
Dinner at 5:30-6:00 PM
Meeting and Childcare
6:00-7:30 PM
Group discussion on choosing toys for children with differing abilities. Please come and share your ideas with us!
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.  

Parent/Caregiver Survey
The NC Division of Public Health’s Children and Youth Branch is developing an agency specific strategic plan to improve internal services and supports for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN)* in NC.  As part of the internal strategic plan, we are seeking feedback from parents/ guardians about their experiences with services that are currently offered in our state. 
We want to know what has worked and not worked as you’ve sought primary and specialty care for your child.  The Children and Youth Branch includes numerous programs and collaborations for CYSHCN and your feedback will help us to strengthen our efforts to ensure that your child and others receive high-quality care and services.  Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey.  Your input matters!
Click here to access the Parent/Caregiver Survey: 
*CYSHCN are defined as children birth to age 21 who have or are at increased risk for a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition and who also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally.

New Resource on Special Education Law
A new resource for parents and professionals alike who are interested in understanding more about special education in North Carolina. 
A Parents’ Guide to Special Education in North Carolina, explains the special education law in clear terms so that parents can learn the vocabulary, navigate the special education system, and become an effective advocate for their children. The Guide is especially geared to assist North Carolina parents. This is an electronic publication, which includes both written text and oral answers to many frequently asked questions.  

Creating Successful Learners (CSL) of Forsyth County
Forsyth Technical Community College
Creating Successful Learners (CSL) of Forsyth County is a free postsecondary education opportunity for those on the autism spectrum or who have been diagnosed with developmental disabilities. The class is offered through a partnership with Forsyth Technical Community College. The 3 areas for focus for CSL are: educational increases, independent living and basic life skills, and enrichment through civic activities (financial literacy, wellness, gardening). Click HERE for more information.

For more information and to apply, contact:
Lakisha D. Jordan
Director of Operations, SECU Commons
Referral form is can be located HERE.

Western Carolina University Participant (UP) Program
Open House Octoer 7, 2017
The WCU UP Program is an inclusive two-year, on-campus living and learning experience for college age individuals with intellectual disabilities. The goal of this program is to facilitate the transition of students from a secondary school to adult life in the areas of education, employment, and independent living. There are currently 8 students enrolled in the program, and we are in the process of accepting applications for four perspective students for Fall 2018.
Check out our UP Factsheet sharing success stories and outcomes for the past 10 years

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