FSN Community News
July/August 2018
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BB&T Lighthouse Volunteers at Chat & Snack
Providing Support, Education, and Caring Connections to Families of Children with Special Needs
To give away: 
  • Prevail briefs (with tabs) size adult small
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.
Accessible Festival 2018
The Winston Salem Transit Authority proudly hosts the Accessible Festival 2018, Friday July 13th from 9am-3pm in the Education Building at the WS Fairground.  Now in it’s 14th year, Accessible Festival is a day of fun, fellowship, entertainment and food for individuals with disabilities and their families.
Sensory Friendly Programs
Don’t forget that both Kaleidium Downtown (Children’s Museum) and the Central Library offer sensory friendly program options. 
Horizon's Respite Care
Horizons provides CARF-accredited respite programming for families in need. These services include weekend and summer respite care. For more information, click HERE.
Cherith Cottage
Cherith Cottage is a place of respite for caregivers of a child with special needs. It is located near Charlotte NC.  If you could use a night away, please contact FSN for details about this free option for parents and caregivers. No hidden agenda or strings attached! The owners have been in your shoes and want to give back. 
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free books to children from birth through age 5 in participating communities in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. Our local Smart Start programs are partners, so check it out by clicking HERE!
Learn. Play. Thrive.
ONLINE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY FOR KIDS WITH AUTISM - FREE online resources, and video tutorials. For more information, click HERE.
Social Animals Group
Social Animals Group: Celebrating Adult Neurodiversity, meets the third Wednesday of each month, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. - A group of Winston-Salem, N.C., parents and adults with developmental disabilities has organized this social group to give adults ages 18 and older an opportunity to meet with other adults with developmental disabilities. Click here for details or click here for the next event.
Gateway Gallery at The Enrichment Center
Gateway Gallery Presents the Exhibit "Furry Friends and More," now through July 20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and by appointment, Tuesdays-Fridays. Click here for details. 
ABLE Act Training
July 17 and August 9, time and location varies - This training covers the ABLE Act, which amends Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Service Code of 1986 to create tax-advantaged savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. Click here for details.
Guardianship in NC
July 23 and August 30 - time and locations varies.This is an introduction to guardianship and will cover basic facts about guardianship, assessment and a guardian's rights and responsibilities. The training will cover what guardianship is, why it is needed, when it is appropriate and how to start the process of guardianship. Click here for the next event.
Fun at the Splash Pad!
FSN Exceptional Families Picnic
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FSN Summer Play Group
Come out and play with us!
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This is a great opportunity for children with special needs, their siblings and parents to make new friends! Everyone is welsome, so please join us!
Friday mornings, 9:00-10:30 AM
July 6th - August 10, 2018
All activities are weather permitting. For more information, click HERE.

2018 Charity Golf Classic
The Centers for Exceptional Children
The CFEC will host its annual Welcome Reception and Charity Golf Classic on August 9-10, 2018.  The Reception will be from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at Old Salem Visitors Center  on Thursday evening, and the Golf Classic will be from 8 am - 1 pm on Friday at Oak Valley Golf Club. Tickets to the Reception are available for $40 each and will feature a silent and live auction, and various raffles. Light fare, wine and beer are included. For more information about sponsorships and tickets, log on to our event site HERE or contact Shana Heilbron at 336-727-2440 or shana@thecfec.org. Proceeds from our events will be used to support The CFEC's direct service programs that help children with special needs and their families thrive. 

Exceptional Families Meeting
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Thursday, July 26, 2018
Dinner 6:00 PM
Meeting from 6:30-8:00 PM with childcare.
There is no cost, but RSVP is required.
Please RSVP at 336-703-4289.
Little Creek Recreation Center
610 Foxcroft Dr., Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Exceptional Families is a monthly discussion group for parents of children of all ages with special needs
Save the date *** Next meeting is August 30th, 5:30-7:30 PM

El Grupo de Esperanza
Parent Group for Spanish Speaking Families of Children with Special Needs 
July 9, 2018
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Polo Park, 1850 Polo Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106  
Next date is August 13, 2018
Questions?  Call/email Rosa Sanchez at 336-703-4289 or RosaFSN@theCFEC.org

Article ImageStepping Stones Seminar Series
Coming in September!
This Stepping Stones seminar series is for families who have children 2-5 years old with special needs.  
Raising kids can be fun, infuriating and frightening. It can be wonderful, stressful and exhausting. And sometimes, it can be all those things in one day! If you would like some help to get through family life’s ups and downs, Triple P Stepping Stones is a positive parenting program that gives parents of children with special needs strategies to create a happier, calmer home. You can pick one or attend all three!
Positive parenting for children with a disability
This seminar helps you understand the reasons kids do what they do, so you can guide their behavior –and see more of the behavior you like, and less of the behavior you don’t like.
Helping your child reach their potential
Find out ways to encourage them to be respectful and considerate, communicate and get on well with others, feel good about themselves and become independent problem solvers.
Changing problem behavior into positive behavior
Get the strategies that will allow them to recognize positive and negative emotions – and deal with them in a healthy way.
For more information about dates and locations, please contact the FSN office at 336-703-4289

Fall Sibshops - Save the Dates!
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September 14, 2018
October 12, 2018
November 8, 2018
The Children's Center
2315 Coliseum Dr.
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
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.

Ainsley's Angels of America
New Triad Chapter
North Carolina has a new chapter of Angels - Ainsleys Angels of the Triad 
In addition to ensuring everyone can experience endurance events, Ainsley's Angels of America aims to build awareness about America's special needs community through inclusion in all aspects of life. Serving as advocates to providing education and participating as active members in local communities, we believe everyone deserves to be included. You can participate by being an angel runner, guardian angel, athlete rider or making a donation. Check out the upcoming events in the triad and show your support!  https://ainsleysangels.org/
Rockin' Jump to Benefit Ainsley's Angels
July 18, 2018, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
For more information, click HERE.
Beat the Heat 5k
July 21, 2018 @ 7 p.m.
We need riders! Riders are free and if you are considering running please email  nctriad@ainsleysangels.org  for a discount code or you may email with questions. You can find the link to the race HERE

READWS (Read•Write•Spell) Literacy Project
Volunteers Needed
READWS is an outreach mission of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The mission of READWS is to reach, teach and advocate for struggling readers by training tutors, educators and parents to use the evidence-based, best practices of a multisensory structured literacy approach.  We focus on students who are at an economic disadvantage.
Volunteers are needed to serve as tutors to public school students and to help with Reading Parties. Two 7-day Tutor Training classes are scheduled for fall starting Sept. 4th and Oct. 2nd. An information session for people interested in learning more about the program will be held on Thursday, July 12 from 10-11 a.m. at the Jerry Long Family YMCA, on Tuesday July 31 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the Miller Park Recreation Center, and on Wednesday, August 15 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the Robinhood Road Family YMCA.For more information or to register, email Emily@readws.org or call (336) 723-4391 ext 1509. 

Piedmont Down Syndrome Support Network
Meet and Greet Summer Cookout
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Please join us for our official PDSSN "Meet and Greet Summer Cookout" with our new PDSSN Executive Director, Jay Callahan!!
All PDSSN members and friends are welcome for this great opportunity to meet our new Executive Director and get our families together for a fun summer party!
Location: Leinbach Park and Shelter, 3511 Sally Kirk Road NW, W-S
Date and Time: Sunday, July 22nd, 4pm - 6pm
Pizza and Drinks will be provided!!

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