FSN Community News
January 2020
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Breakfast with Santa 2019
Providing Support, Education, and Caring Connections to Families of Children with Special Needs
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 Sponsors
Sponsors are needed for our 2020 NICU Family Dinners (Chat & Snack) at both Forsyth Medical Center and Brenner Children's Hospital. Please contact us to learn more about this opportunity. 336-703-4289 or AmyFSN@thecfec.org
THIS Saturday, January 11th
4:00-5:30 PM at the Robinhood YMCA
(3474 Robinhood Rd)
Get ready for another amazing semester of Capernaum - full of games, skits, songs and hanging out with your favorite leaders!
Greater Forsyth County Young Life Office Phone: (336) 725-1750
Cerebral Palsy Awareness
Run, Walk or Roll Event
Registrations online for timed or untimed 5K (early bird specials before 1/31/20) and the 1 mile fun run.
For more information, click HERE.
Feedback Needed
Wake Forest student that is designing a Portable Changing Table needs input. You can offer your feedback by visiting this website and scheduling a time to talk with Erick. ReadyRover Website Link:  https://www.readyroverfamily.com
Sensory Friendly Night
Kaleideum Downtown
Bee My Valentine!
Friday, February 7th, 5-8 PM
Make your own insect puppet in The Prop Shop, explore the exhibits and enjoy a special Valentine-themed storytime.  For more information, click HERE.
I/DD Alert
Registry of Unmet Needs
New Action for the Medicaid Innovations Waiver starting in Forsyth County is ready to spread across North Carolina and needs your help.
-State-wide Networking
-Story Telling
-Advocacy Training
-Raleigh Lobbying
-A new Registry Formula for DHHS
Change for 14,000 North Carolina families who wait…
  • If you are a family, or individual who is waiting
  • If you are a family receiving & want to see the same support expanded to others
  • If you are an advocate for people with IDD
  • If you serve people with IDD
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Stepping Stones Parenting Institute
Starting in February! One former participant said - “This class helped me in so many ways, but most of all it made me enjoy being a mom again!”
Article ImageParenting is hard work.  This Institute is an intensive small group with activities tailored to parenting children with special needs. Strategies for staying positive, helping your child learn, and managing difficult behaviors are just a few of the topics.  We will meet on 3 Saturdays (2/22, 3/7, and 3/21) at The Children’s Center and then for a graduation dinner in April. RSVPs are required.
Maximum number of participants for this group is 10. To learn more about this opportunity for Forsyth County families who have a child 5 years or younger with special needs, please contact Lakeisha at 336-703-4289 or LakeishaFSN@theCFEC.org. Gift cards and incentives for attendance will be provided!  

El Grupo de Esperanza
Parent Group for Spanish Speaking Families
of Children with Special Needs 
Monday, January 13, 2020
NEW time and location!
Old Town Community Center
4550 Shattalon Dr.
Winston-Salem, NC 27106 
TOPIC: Caring for the Caregiver
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 AM 
For more information:
RosaFSN@theCFEC.org  (office 336-703-4289 or mobile 336- 403-3012)

Exceptional Families Meeting
Thursday January 30th 5:30-7:30
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Dinner served at 5:30 PM
Meeting with childcare 6:00-7:30 PM
Little Creek Recreation Center
610 Foxcroft Drive,  Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Guest Speaker
Vocational Rehabilitation (Voc Rehab) Services
Exceptional Families is a monthly discussion group for parents of children of all ages with special needs.
There is no cost to attend, but RSVP is required.
Please RSVP at 336-703-4289 or JoyFSN@thecfec.org.

Down Syndrome Association of Greater Winston-Salem
2020 Annual Meeting With Guest Speaker Ann Turnbull
Thursday, February 6, 2020
Auditorium of Wake Forest’s Biotech Place on Patterson Avenue.  Annual meeting from 6:00-7:00 PM with guest speaker from 7:00-8:00 PM.  Ann Turnbull is a researcher, professor, parent and advocate. She co-created the Beach Center on disability and has been recognized as one of 36 individuals who changed the course of history for people with disabilities in the 20th century.



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