FSN Community News
March 2019
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Sibshops start March 15th!
Providing Support, Education, and Caring Connections to Families of Children with Special Needs
Items Needed: 
  • Family who had a house fire needs a hoyer lift for a young adult
To Give Away:
  • Nestle Compleat pediatric reduced calorie nutrition
  • Nourish formula
  • Ensure formula all flavors
  • Resource 2.0 formula
  • Several sizes of g-tube buttons mini-one and mic-key 14Fx 2.5, 14Fx 3.0 and 14Fx 1.5
If you have something you would lke 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.
Chat & Snack
We are looking for sponsor groups to serve dinner to families who have children in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units at both Brenner and Forsyth. This involves providing dinner for approximately 35 people and sending 2-3 volunteers to help serve. Call the Family Support office for available dates 336-703-4289.
Summer Camps!
Now is the time to be planning for summer camp! 
2019 NC summer Camp Directory for Children with Special Needs
Triad Mom’s on Main - summer camp directory (typical and special needs)
TOP Soccer
A community based soccer program that is designed to meet the needs of children with physical and/or cognitive disabilities.
For more information, click HERE
3-2-1 Deacon Dash for Down Syndrome
We are excited about our upcoming 3-2-1 Deacon Dash for Down Syndrome on March 30, 2019 at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds. We hope to see you out at the event as we run/walk to support individuals with Down syndrome in the Greater Winston-Salem area. 
Special Hockey with Winston-Salem Youth Hockey Association
The Special Hockey program is open to skaters age 3-18 with physical and developmental disabilities. The Special Hockey Program offers an opportunity for players with disabilities to play ice hockey in an environment that is adaptable to the skaters’ abilities. For more information or to register, please contact Marianne Livengood at 336-480-4293 or email livengoodmarianne@gmail.com. 
Piedmont Triad's Rare Disease Mom's Group
Meets the first Thursday of the month at The Loop Pizza Grill.
1030 S. Main St, Kernersville
6:30-8:30 PM
RSVP to Family Support Network of Central Carolina 336-832-6507
Social Animals Group:
Celebrating Adult Neurodiversity
Group meets on the third Wednesday of each month, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This social group meets in Winston-Salem to give individuals 18 years and older with developmental disabilities an opportunity to meet other adults like them. Click HERE for details.
ASNC Annual Conference
March 23-24 in Charlotte 
We hope you can attend one or both days of the ASNC annual conference, Autism: Strategies for a Lifetime. Review the planned program and save with early-bird registration details on the website.
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Stepping Stones Parenting Institute
Starts April 13!
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STEPPING STONES PARENTING INSTITUTE - an in depth look at how you parent a child with special needs.  This parenting curriculum of 6 sessions will be offered on 3 Saturdays from 9-2 with lunch included.  Child care is not provided but incentives to offset the cost of child care will be provided.  If you are interested in learning proven strategies to teach or change behaviors, this is the course for you!  This is a small group format with limited space.  Participants must commit to all three parts on April 13th, April 27th and May 18th (Saturdays). Pre Registration is required. For more information or to register please call the Family Support Network 336-703-4289. 
This program is for families in Forsyth County who have children with special needs ages 5 and under

El Grupo de Esperanza
Parent Group for Spanish Speaking Families
of Children with Special Needs 
Speaker will be Mayte Grundseth who will share about services provided through the Forsyth County Health Department.
Monday, March 11, 2019
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
El Buen Pastor Community Center (4637 Tim Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27106)
Questions?  Call/email Rosa Sanchez at 336-703-4289 or RosaFSN@theCFEC.org

American Ninja Warrior Junior!
Article ImageSibshops are sibling support groups that are fun and interactive for kids ages 5-14 who have a sibling with a disability.
March 15th theme is American Ninja Warrior Junior!
6:00-8:30 pm at The Children’s Center (2315 Coliseum Dr.)
Join us for dinner, games and discussion.  RSVP required.
Please call 336-703-4289 for registration details or to RSVP.
Upcoming Spring Dates April 12 and May 17

Exceptional Families Meeting
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Thursday, March 28, 2019
Overview of services provided by The Autism Society of NC and the Family Support Network of Greater Forsyth.  Come join us and learn more about both of these programs!
Dinner will be served at 5:30 PM.
Meeting from 6:00-7:30 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

Community Needs Survey
Cardinal Innovations Healthcare is interested in hearing from members, family members, providers and stakeholders. Our Community Needs Assessment Survey will be open through Friday, March 8. By completing this short, five-minute survey, you will have the opportunity to identify needs and barriers in your community. Read more
The surveys can be accessed by following the below links:
  • Providers and Stakeholders complete the survey here
  • Members/Family Members complete the survey here
  • Members/Family Members (Spanish Version) complete the survey here

Autism Spectrum Disorder and Mental Health Study
A Master's student at Wake Forest University is completing a project exploring co-occurring symptoms in children with autism, and the impact those symptoms have on home and family life.  She is seeking parents who have a child aged 5-12 with an ASD diagnosis, and would be willing to take a 10-15 minute survey about their child and family's experience.  Thank you for considering helping with this work! The survey can be accessed at the following link:  https://tinyurl.com/ya4ywcbr

Down Syndrome Association of Greater Winston-Salem
A New Name!
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Piedmont Down Syndrome Support Network (PDSSN)  has a new name and new look!  They are now -  Down Syndrome Association of Greater Winston-Salem.

Ainsley's Angels of the NC Triad
Saturday, March 16, 2019
Ainsley's Angels of the NC Triad is looking for riders for the first race of 2019 in Winston-Salem, Saturday March 16!  Please contact Allison Tuck at nctriad@ainsleysangels.org or call 336-306-0255.  For more information about this organization, visit ainsleysangels.org under NC Triad.  

Northwest Forsyth American Little League
Challenger Baseball
It’s Challenger Baseball season at Northwest Forsyth American Little League. Challenger baseball is for individuals who have a physical or intellectual challenge ages 4 to 18 (up to 22 if still in high school). Our season will begin on Saturday, March 23rd with an awesome opening day festivities. Our first game will be on Saturday, March 30th at 10am!  Our games are played on Saturdays at 10am. We are done at 11am with snack following for players. Our dates for games are March 30, April 6, 13, 27, May 4, 11, 18.  
Challenger baseball is free to players and we ask that players register at https://www.nwfall.org/Default.aspx?tabid=801710 to help us best plan.  Registration is open all season.  
Email Tiffany at baseballfamilyfun@gmail.com with any questions.  NWFALL 1400 Runabout Road Pfafftown, NC 27040

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