FSN Community News 
October 2016
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Family Support Network Staff
Providing Support, Education, and Caring Connections to Families of Children with Special Needs
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Autism Society Meeting in Davie County 
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 from 10:00-11:30 AM at the Davie Wellness Center in Mocksville. For more information, please contact Judy Smithmyer, Autism Resource Specialist, Autism Society of NC at 336.333.0197 Ext 1402 or 336.509.3144 or email: jsmithmyer@autismsociety-nc.org.
iCan House 
Join us for casual and meaningful discussion about issues and topics relevant to raising an adolescent or adult with communication and social differences. Meet others, learn strategies, explore resources.
  • Monday, October 17, 2016
  • Monday, November 21, 2016
862 W. 4th St.,
Winston-Salem, NC
For information call
336.723.0050 or email info@icanhouse.com 
2016 Buddy Walk
Saturday, October 15, 2016
To give away:
  • Small Rifton Pacer Gait Trainer     
  • Graco Stroller
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.
Santa's Little Hackers Toy Workshoppe 
Open to the public this year! These are the factory line events where the adapted toys are made.
October 22, 2016 - Raleigh, NC
Register HERE.
The Winston-Salem Adapted Arts and Sports Program at Wake Forest University invites you to come join us for some fun! This student-run program is for children of all ages with physical and/or cognitive disabilities. Fall 2016 dates:
10/1, 10/15, 10/29, 11/12, 12/3
For more information, click HERE.
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El Grupo de Esperanza 
Parent Group for Spanish Speaking Families of Children with Special Needs
Monday, October 10, 2016
El Buen Pastor Latino Community Services
4637 Tim Road, WS NC 27106
10:30 AM -12:00 PM
Questions? Please contact Michele Valladares in the Family Support Network offices 336.703.4289 or micheleFSN@theCFEC.org.

October Sibshop
That 70s Sibshop!
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Friday, October 14, 2016
6:00-8:30 PM
Wear your Sibshop shirt and best hippie look!
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.

Exceptional Families Meeting
Benefits of Aquatic Therapy for Children
with Special Needs
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Thursday, October 27, 2016
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.  

Young Life Capernaum Club
Young Life Program for Young Adults with Disabilities
Article ImageMeets one Saturday each month during the school year at the Robinhood YMCA.
3474 Robinhood Rd.,
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Next Meeting: October 15, 2016, 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 ylcapernaumfoco@gmail.com or call Greater Forsyth County Young Life office at 336.725.1750 if you have questions. For more information click HERE.

Sensory Friendly Night
Halloween Anventure at the Children's Museum of Winston-Salem
Article ImageOctober 28, 2016 from 5:00 - 7:30 PM
Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and sensory processing differences are invited to have a
fun, enjoyable, and interactive learning experience in a comfortable and accepting environment! Trick or treat for candy and novelty toys while you explore the Museum! Sensory Friendly Nights are offered quarterly. Admission is $3/person. Our Sensory Friendly Night 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.

Good to Know About...
Looking for Funds To Attend a Conference?
Check out the Jean Wolff-Rossi Fund with the NC Council on Developmental Disabilities. The Jean Wolff-Rossi for Participant Involvement Fund (Rossi Fund) empowers people with I/DD and their family members with opportunities to actively participate in decisions that often impact them personally. Through the Rossi Fund, individuals with I/DD and their family members can receive reimbursement for specific expenses for seminars and conferences designed to improve their knowledge, networking and skill levels for advocacy.

The Help Line is an information and referral Help Line for those living with, caring for and concerned about a child with special health care needs. Callers can learn about health care programs as well as funding resources available to North Carolina residents.

Centerpoint Human Services has merged with Cardinal Behavioral Health. 
If you would like to learn more you can see more information on their website at https://www.cardinalinnovations.org/centerpoint

Website can be found at http://www.ecac-parentcenter.org/. Loads of information about Special Education services including an IEP checklist to help you be prepared for that upcoming IEP meeting.

Save the Date!
Breakfast with Santa 2016
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Saturday, December 3, 2016
Clemmons Presbyterian Church
3930 Clemmons Rd,
Clemmons, NC 27012
Reservations will be taken starting Nov 1, 2016. FSN will be collecting donations of stocking stuffers for Breakfast with Santa. This can be any small prizes (i.e. stickers, tattoos, individually wrapped candies) full size peppermint candy canes and juice boxes.

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