FSN Community News
February 2020
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Siblings often become the greatest advocates for individuals with disabilities!   
Providing Support, Education, and Caring Connections to Families of Children with Special Needs
Needed: Family is looking for a manual wheelchair that could be used  for a 12 year old.
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.
Davie County Schools Family Engagement Night
The Department of Exceptional Children Family Engagement Night for Davie County Schools is February 11, 2020, 4:30-6:30. For more information, click HERE.   
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.
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
New Online Resource
The NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services is pleased to announce the launch of https://ComplexMHIDD-nc.org, a new website for parents, caregivers, community members, and primary care physician offices, and other professionals whom live with and care for people with both I/DD and mental health challenges. This website is a collection of information and resources designed to provide an overview and guidance on such topics as communication, trauma, behavioral health crisis, and medication.
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Be sure to “like” The Centers for Exceptional Children on Facebook. Family Support Network regularly posts information and updates.
Spring Sibshop Dates
March 6, April 3, and May 8, 2020
Article ImageReservations will be taken starting 2 weeks prior to each event. Sibshops is a program for kids K-8th grade who have a sibling with a disability. 
Contact the Family Support office for more info at 336-703-4289.

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!”
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Parenting 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, February 10, 2020
Old Town Community Center
4550 Shattalon Dr.
Winston-Salem, NC 27106 
TOPIC: Preparing for Your Child's IEP Meeting
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, February 27th, 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: Jodi Pardue - Positive Parenting Strategies for Children with Special Needs
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 RosaFSN@thecfec.org.

NICU Moms Group
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Our NICU moms group will meet on Feb. 29, 2020 at 5:30 PM.
Sherwood Restaurant
3348 Robinhood Rd, WS 27106. 
Text to RSVP to Amy at 336-971-1726. 
Whether your baby was in the NICU 10 years ago or 10 months ago we would love for you to join us to share encouragement and support. 

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.

I/DD Alert Registry of Unmet Needs
The Triad I/DD Advisory is launching a new state-wide initiative to address the Registry of Unmet Needs.  Thanks to a grant from the County Commissioners and Cardinal support, they are launching a website and full throttle effort to bring awareness and change to this tragic deficiency in disability funding and services.  Click HERE to find out more about this effort. 


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