FSN Community News
April 2019
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Family Support Network Team
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.
CP Family Gathering
Do you have a child with Cerebral Palsy?  Would you like to meet other families?  We will host an informal gathering on Saturday April 27th from  3:00-4:30 at The Children’s Center’s  garden and playground 2315 Coliseum Dr WS 27106. We will move indoors if the weather is uncooperative.  Please let us know if you can attend 336-703-4289.
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
Wake Forest Kidsfest
A free carnival event for families who have children with special needs!
April 28, 2019 from 1pm-3pm  on the Wake Forest Campus  
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.
RSVP to Family Support Network of Central Carolina 336-832-6507
Wildcat Color Run
Saturday April 27th
Carter High School will host the Wildcat Color Run 19. The Joshua Carson Fund allows special needs families in the community to participate for free.  Registration by April 16th will include a race day t-shirt.  Contact Teresa Thomas at TLThomas@wsfcs.k12.nc.us
Davidson Community Resource Fair
The Arc of Davidson County, Davidson County Schools, Lexington City Schools, Thomasville City Schools and Davidson County Community College invite you to participate in the Community Resource Fair. Intended to provide resources for students ages 14 years and up with an Individualized Education Program (IEP). The fair will be held from 6:30-8:00 PM on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at Davidson County Community College Conference Center.
Inclusion Programs for Students with Disabilities
In NC we have programs at Western Carolina, Appalachian, and UNC-G! Here is a list of the 20 Colleges With Great Inclusion Programs for Students With Disabilities.
Exceptional Parent Magazine
Exceptional Parent Magazine provides practical advice, emotional support and the most up-to-date educational information for families of children and adults with disabilities and special healthcare needs. Just click the link ep-magazine.com
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Be sure to “like” The Centers for Exceptional Children on Facebook. Family Support Network regularly posts information and updates.
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. 
Location: The Children's Center
2315 Coliseum Dr., Winston-Salem, NC 27106
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 
Monica Mejia from A Bridge to Achievement will be discussing ABA therapy for children with Autism
Monday, April 8, 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

Sibs Got Talent!
Article ImageFor kids age 5-14 who have siblings with a disability. Dinner, fun & games with a purpose!  
Friday April 12th 6:00-8:30 PM at The Children’s Center
2315 Coliseum Dr., Winston-Salem, NC 27106. 
RSVP required 336-703-4289
If you would like to participate in our talent show let us know when you call to register.

Exceptional Families Meeting
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Thursday, April 25, 2019
This month will will have an overview of Cardinal Innovation Healthcare services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
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

FSN Support Parent Training
May 23, 2019
If you would like to learn to use your experience to support other families who have children with special needs, please consider attending this training. You will be required to view an online training module that takes about an hour prior to attending. Over dinner we will discuss specifics about the support parent program, answer questions and share our own stories.
Location: The Children’s Center
2315 Coliseum Dr., Winston-Salem, NC 27106
5:30-7:30 PM, dinner included
RSVP required 336-703-4289

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

Staying Two Steps Ahead
An Autism Safety workshop by ASNC
This workshop covers general community safety considerations for parents, family members and community caregivers of children and adults with autism. This workshop is beneficial for full- or part-time caregivers regardless of the age of the individual they care for or where the individual is on the spectrum. How autism can affect safety, how to be proactive, and safety-related resources are discussed. 
Sunday, May 19, 2019
2:00-5:00 PM
Parkway Presbyterian Church, 1000 Yorkshire Rd. WS 27106
Register online at HERE.
For more information, please contact Judy Smithmyer at jsmithmyer@autismsociety-nc.org.

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.

Derby Day!
Supporting Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center 

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