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FCSN Youth Volunteer Aarav Sharma Engages Special Needs Students in Programming and Pre-Algebra

During the past couple years, Archbishop Mitty High School Sophomore Aarav Sharma taught a 12 week Scratch Language class and a week long Pre-Algebra summer camp for FCSN students with the hopes of helping special needs students pursue STEM in the future. Sharma’s previous experience with Scratch has given him the experience needed to help guide his students through the language and create an efficient curriculum for his class. Continue reading FCSN Youth Volunteer Aarav Sharma Engages Special Needs Students in Programming and Pre-Algebra

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Summer Drama Camp Returns with Disney’s “Cars”

From July 13th to July 16th, FCSN organized its yearly drama camp for special needs students: a four-day program featuring three days of full-cast rehearsals culminating in a performance on the last day. This year, campers performed a production of Disney’s Cars. Read FCSN Voices’ coverage of the event below! Continue reading Summer Drama Camp Returns with Disney’s “Cars”

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Through Our Eyes: Friends of Children with Special Needs Holds Inaugural Art Exhibition

As per the title, Through Our Eyes, this exhibition will be an opportunity through which the FCSN artists’ work can be seen by the public, and reflexively, a way for the public to experience the world through each artist’s unique perspective. Raymond Hu, a resident community member recently celebrating 30 years as an artist, will be showcasing his series of vivid, enchanting Chinese watercolor and mixed media paintings with an animal motif. You can also expect to see pieces from over 50 other artists, created in diverse mediums ranging from acrylic painting to oil pastels, origami, ceramics, and more. The FCSN community welcomes you to attend our opening night on September 9 or to visit the work on view the following week and support the creativity and talent of our artists with special needs. Continue reading Through Our Eyes: Friends of Children with Special Needs Holds Inaugural Art Exhibition

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How 14-Year-Old Aarav Sharma Made an Impact in Creating the FCSN Badminton Summer Camp

From June 27 to July 8, rising high school sophomore Aarav Sharma instructed a two-week badminton summer program dedicated towards introducing FCSN students to the sport. The camp was a major success, receiving plenty of positive feedback from the community. Continue reading How 14-Year-Old Aarav Sharma Made an Impact in Creating the FCSN Badminton Summer Camp

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Friends Coffee & Tea: Empowering the Special Needs Community

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First started in April 2018, Friends Coffee & Tea is no ordinary coffee shop. In addition to offering a wide and unique array of drinks and pastries, it is a community mainly operated by special needs individuals where they can make friends and learn. In collaboration with FCSN, the larger mission of Friends Coffee & Tea is to provide workplace training for special needs individuals, who face high unemployment rates. At this shop, they have opportunities to learn shop management skills, exercise their creativity through baking, crafts, and art, and gain experience in a work environment. Continue reading Friends Coffee & Tea: Empowering the Special Needs Community

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2022 Summer Computer Classes

Inspired by the volunteer contributions of hid older brother and father, Lynbrook High School senior James Wang began volunteering at FCSN in 2018. Since then, James has expanded the FCSN Computer Class Program to 9+ classes and 43 students. His impressive contributions led him to receive the title of FCSN’s Volunteer of the Year. Continue reading 2022 Summer Computer Classes

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FCSN GYVers 2022: Richard Zhang

For Mission San Jose High School senior Richard Zhang, his time at FCSN started as a passion towards aiding the special needs community. Today, he has contributed to the FCSN community with more than 1000 hours spent volunteering. He began volunteering for FCSN during his freshman year of high school, and will be studying at UC Santa Barbara in the fall. Continue reading FCSN GYVers 2022: Richard Zhang

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The 2022 Spring Carnival: Fostering a Community for Special Needs

FCSN’s Spring Carnival event took place on May 21, 2022 from 12:30 pm-4:30 pm. Unifying people experiencing similar situations and obstacles fosters a strong community of support and encouragement. Hoping to achieve that purpose, the 2022 Spring Carnival held by FCSN and Youth for Goods brought together special needs families, introducing them to helpful programs, mingle, and enjoy activities and snacks. Continue reading The 2022 Spring Carnival: Fostering a Community for Special Needs

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2022 FCSN Family Day

From 4-6 p.m. on June 4 at the Culture Center of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Milpitas, FCSN hosted their annual Family Day gathering, inviting families across the Bay Area for an afternoon of entertainment, commemorations, and important announcements. Returning from two years of online Family Day meetings, this in-person gathering brimmed with joyous entertainment and community bonding. Read FCSN Voices’ coverage of the event in this article! Continue reading 2022 FCSN Family Day

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FCSN Music Time Concert

Hosted by Sufen and Chiling Wu on April 16 from 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM, FCSN’s Music Time Cafe Concert at Friends Coffee and Tea was a joyful gathering of talented special needs musicians. The program featured 13 performances, with a wide variety of instruments ranging from guitar and marimba to cello and piano, as well as a sing-along dance party to close off the event. Before the adjournment, Pixar’s Turning Red voice actress Rosalie Chiang had a special guest appearance. Check out FCSN Voices’ coverage of the event below. Continue reading FCSN Music Time Concert

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FCSN GYVers 2022: Isabella He

Mission San Jose High School senior Isabella He is the founder of FCSN Clubs, co-founder and Tutor Coordinator of Special Needs (SN) Tutoring, and Advisor of FCSN’s online newsletter, FCSN Voices. These outstanding efforts led her to receive the title of 2021 FCSN Volunteer of the Year, selected from a pool of more than 1,200 volunteers as the top contributor. Read about Isabella’s contributions to FCSN in this spotlight article. Continue reading FCSN GYVers 2022: Isabella He

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FCSN GYVers 2022: Katherine He

Basis Independent Silicon Valley Senior Katherine He’s family first joined FCSN in 2022, hoping to find a supportive special needs community for her brother. Since then, Katherine has developed new interactive classes for special needs individuals such as Lego Digital Design, Find Your Voice, and Life Skills, helping participants develop computer skills, improve speech and communication, and learn about finances and current events. Continue reading FCSN GYVers 2022: Katherine He

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FCSN GYVers 2022: Kyle Ng

Irvington High School Senior Kyle Ng began his FCSN journey as a volunteer for FCSN afterschool programs. However, after noticing the lack of STEM opportunities for special needs individuals in Silicon Valley, he decided to use his own experience as a member of a For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Tech Challenge robotics team to teach his own robotics classes at FCSN. Since then, he has gone on to create Serendipity STEM, an organization whose mission is to provide STEM opportunities for underprivileged communities, including that of neurodivergent individuals.
Continue reading FCSN GYVers 2022: Kyle Ng

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FCSN School Clubs: A Mission of Support and Awareness of the Special Needs Community for Youth

“Channeling hope, support, and awareness toward the special needs community” serves as the core mission of 16 FCSN clubs across California, each fully dedicated to supporting the special needs community. From introducing FCSN programs to students to increasing understanding of the special needs individuals in their communities, FCSN Clubs has grown from a tiny seed into a large family tree, extending its branches of inclusivity and love of neurodiversity to youth in schools and universities.  Continue reading FCSN School Clubs: A Mission of Support and Awareness of the Special Needs Community for Youth

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A Rewarding Experience in Boy Scouts

This is the inspirational story of Lydia who garnered the courage and strength to let her son Alex join their local Boy Scout troop. It was not easy for Lydia, and Alex also faced many challenges, but through meaningful participation over the years, and the support of troop members and other parents, Lydia saw Alex achieve goals that were beyond her expectation.  Continue reading A Rewarding Experience in Boy Scouts

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Blue Devils Special Needs Guard–Paving the Way to Inclusive Performing Arts

On April 2, 2022, the Blue Devils’ Special Needs Guard performed at the Circuit Championship held at Independence High School. They were the last performance of the day — a position typically reserved for the most honored performing position. Dancing to This Is Me from The Greatest Showman, a song that fittingly describes the challenging journey of all special needs performers, all the members gave it their all and proudly showed off the moves that they have practiced for so long. Continue reading Blue Devils Special Needs Guard–Paving the Way to Inclusive Performing Arts

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FCSN’s Fremont Center Named “Chenming & Margaret Hu Center”

On April 12, 2022, FCSN unveiled a new name for their first Fremont Center: “Chenming & Margaret Hu Center” to honor Dr. Chenming and Margaret Hu for their on-going support and latest donation of half a million dollars to FCSN to help build better programs and improve its facilities. Continue reading FCSN’s Fremont Center Named “Chenming & Margaret Hu Center”

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Scouting with FCSN, an Inclusive Social Event

In March 2022, Boy Scouts member Ricky Lin led a project in which special needs individuals got to experience the joy of scouting. Around 30 FCSN participants attended with their families, learning the scouts way of building teamwork, social skills, and unforgettable memories.  Continue reading Scouting with FCSN, an Inclusive Social Event

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Pilot Phase of Supported Living Services for High Needs Individuals

FCSN Supported Living Services has just begun its journey in branching out into including individuals with high support needs. On April 9th, 15 families attended a discussion to learn more about this program. FCSN has also completed the intake of two pilot clients. The program, while in its infancy, has significant potential in providing numerous families with the support they need. Continue reading Pilot Phase of Supported Living Services for High Needs Individuals

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FCSN and BRI Spread the Importance of Giving Back to the Community

On December 22, 2021, FCSN held a Christmas concert in collaboration with BRI Youth Volunteer Group, a local non-for-profit organization based in Fremont. Aside from the concert, BRI has also been regularly leading a Reading Club for FCSN. Through collaborations such as the concert, reading club, and donations to FCSN, the two organizations are promoting special needs awareness within and beyond our community. Continue reading FCSN and BRI Spread the Importance of Giving Back to the Community

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Peace of Mind Through SLS and ILS

What will happen to the special needs adult as the parents grow older and are unable to take care of their them anymore? Who will take care of them and how will their lives look like? Learn about how Supported Living Services (SLS) and Independent Living Services (ILS) addresses these worries and how adults with special needs can learn to achieve an independent lifestyle. Continue reading Peace of Mind Through SLS and ILS

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Special Needs Talent Showcase Through the Years

Founded in 2015, the showcase gives special needs individuals the opportunity to display their talents, passions, and abilities. Through the pandemic, the showcase has faced its share of challenges. However, the event emerged successful, pioneering a Zoom and in-person hybrid model for the auditions and final competition for 2022. Continue reading Special Needs Talent Showcase Through the Years

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FCSN Coin Bank Project: the Power of Small Ideas

It is often said, “From small beginnings come great things.” For ten years, FCSN Co-Chairperson Jim Chiao collected spare coins in a large plastic bottle at his house. As the coins began to accumulate, Chiao started to consider what to do with them, and finally after much thought, he came up with a brilliant idea, which gave rise to FCSN’s Coin Bank Project.  Continue reading FCSN Coin Bank Project: the Power of Small Ideas

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Dream Achiever’s 2022 Premiere

Earlier last month, Dream Achiever had its first in-person performance of the year: a celebration of Lunar New Year. The pandemic put their live performances on hold for over a year, and the band had only recently resumed their in-person concerts in June 2021. Band manager and parent Anna Wang shared the experiences of the band members as they navigated online performances and the inability to interact with their audience, as well as the joy of returning to in-person performances. Continue reading Dream Achiever’s 2022 Premiere

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The Gift of Music–The Inspirational Story of the Dream Achievers Band

Alice Jen, Greg Hebert, and Lawrence Wang are talented musicians with autism who have given countless performances all over the world, changing the public’s perceptions of people with special needs. To get to where they are today, each of them experienced very different journeys, both in terms of music and in their personal lives. Continue reading The Gift of Music–The Inspirational Story of the Dream Achievers Band

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Warm and Precious Welcome Back

After the pandemic forced FCSN to move programs online for an extended period of time, the gradual ease in health and safety restrictions finally allowed FCSN staff to prepare for the reopening of in-person classes everyone has been looking forward to. South Bay WILL Training Program Manager Annabelle Foz shares how the staff came together to meet the tall order with passion and dedication, and detailed the steps FCSN followed to prepare for a smooth and safe reopening. Continue reading Warm and Precious Welcome Back

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從醫師的觀點您需要知道關於歐米克隆(Omicron) 的知識

在具高度傳染性的歐米克隆環繞下,家長們擔心寒假後返校子女的健康和安全,以及疫苗是否能保護孩子免受病毒侵害的疑慮。華人特殊兒童之友外展與家庭支持團隊了解家長的擔憂,再次邀請王彥邦醫師 Dr. Albert Wang 於今年 1 月 14 日回到每週五的粵語和華語家長支持會與大家討論這個重要的議題,分享他對 COVID-19 的專業知識以及傳遞防疫新知。 Continue reading 從醫師的觀點您需要知道關於歐米克隆(Omicron) 的知識

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What You Need to Know About Omicron from a Physician’s Perspective

The highly contagious Omicron variant’s rapid spread has caused major concerns for parents who are worried about the health and safety of their children returning to school after winter break. During the January 14 Outreach & Family Support, FCSN once again invited Dr. Albert Wang to share his professional knowledge on this important topic, as well as give advice on what parents can do to mitigate the virus. Continue reading What You Need to Know About Omicron from a Physician’s Perspective

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Employment Success Stories Series: Lawrence Wang

FCSN client Lawrence has worked at a State Farm Insurance company branch for 12 years, an office as a paper filer for 8 years, and at a TJ Maxx outlet as a retail and inventory worker for 8 years. In this interview, his mother Anna opens up about the process of finding Lawrence three engaging, steady jobs. Continue reading Employment Success Stories Series: Lawrence Wang

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Employment for Special Needs Individuals

“For our clients with special needs, holding a job can be a purpose already. It makes them feel like they belong.” states FCSN Supported Employment Program Manager Claire Brady. Although there are major hurdles, parents and employers can do a lot to help special needs individuals find employment and thrive in the workplace. Read the story of how Mico successfully landed his dream job at Trader Joe’s. Continue reading Employment for Special Needs Individuals

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FCSN Receives Five Automated External Defibrillators from ZOLL

In December 2021, FCSN received a donation of five automated external defibrillators (AED) with accessories from ZOLL Medical Corporation. Intended to resuscitate victims of sudden cardiac arrest, an AED checks a victim’s heart rhythm through adhesive electrodes and administers an electric shock through the chest and into the heart. With these machines, FCSN will be able to provide trained staff with the proper equipment and guidance to treat a medical emergency. Continue reading FCSN Receives Five Automated External Defibrillators from ZOLL