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FCSN Awarded Top 40 Non-Profit Organization in the US

“Welcome to Friends Coffee and Tea, how can I help you today?” FCSN trainee greets customers at the checkout counter of Friends Coffee and Tea. Since the pandemic began, Friends Coffee and Tea has been closed for over a year. Recently, it has been able to be reopened, resuming on-the-job training opportunities for special needs individuals. It is programs like this that allowed Friends of Children with Special Needs to be awarded Top 40 Non-Profit Organization by State Farm Neighborhood Assist. Continue reading FCSN Awarded Top 40 Non-Profit Organization in the US

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Sesame Workshop and Exceptional Minds Launch New Resources for Children With Autism and Their Families

The Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children initiative aims to increase public awareness of autism, foster greater empathy and understanding, and support families with free resources to help them navigate everyday moments and challenges. FCSN is honored to partner with Sesame Workshop to translate the books into Chinese languages. Continue reading Sesame Workshop and Exceptional Minds Launch New Resources for Children With Autism and Their Families

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Bop to the Top: Teaching Karaoke Class

FCSN youth volunteer Sara Kuang shares her experience teaching Matthew karaoke. Despite awkward moments during the first session, Sara quickly pivoted and tailored the classes to fit Matthew’s interests. In the process, they both learned a lot from each other, had an amazing time singing karaoke, and developed a genuine friendship. Continue reading Bop to the Top: Teaching Karaoke Class

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The Advocate: Janet’s Story

Read how Janet successfully advocated for her daughter throughout her school years: when the district suggested discontinuation of services, she used data to make her case; when the learning environment was not suitable for Jasmine, she advocated for her daughter to receive a meaningful education. She also details best practices when working with teachers, and attending IEP meetings. Continue reading The Advocate: Janet’s Story

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25th Anniversary Virtual Gala Invitation

FCSN will celebrate its 25th Anniversary, the re-opening of our centers and the acquisition of the Osgood property, with a fundraising virtual gala “Expand Our Dream” on Nov. 6, 2021. We warmly invite you and your friends to participate in this very special event. With your support, we can expand our facility and our dream to help many more special needs individuals and families. Continue reading 25th Anniversary Virtual Gala Invitation

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Navigating the Turbulent Years: Van Hai’s Story

At 31 years old, Van Hai comes across as a friendly and capable high functioning individual, one would never have guessed that he had such challenging childhood and teenage years. This interview with Van Hai’s mother, Jwu Shyan details the challenges they faced while growing up. Continue reading Navigating the Turbulent Years: Van Hai’s Story

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Friends Coffee & Tea: Yes, We Are Back!! 

After 17 months of being temporarily closed due to the pandemic, Friends Coffee & Tea finally reopened on July 19, 2021. With a new and improved website and social media presence, and delicious menu items to celebrate this grand reopening, staff members are excited to welcome customers back and provide essential job training to special needs individuals. Continue reading Friends Coffee & Tea: Yes, We Are Back!! 

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FCSN 25th Anniversary Special : Q&A With the Co-Founders PART 4

The co-founders share their most memorable stories forming FCSN, including helping other parents face frustration and overcome challenges, forming the bi-weekly Family Gathering, tackling the Dream Project, discovering talents and developing the Special Needs Talent Showcase, and seeing students interact with the community at the FCSN Booth. Continue reading FCSN 25th Anniversary Special : Q&A With the Co-Founders PART 4

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2021 Summer Advanced Music Camp Concert

One of our most anticipated summer camps is the Music Camp, where campers come together to rehearse and practice several songs over 3 days, and put on a performance on the final day of camp. This year, despite the pandemic, 15 talented campers delivered yet another wonderful virtual concert. Continue reading 2021 Summer Advanced Music Camp Concert

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原本因疫情停業 華人特殊兒童之友咖啡店重新開幕

華人特殊兒童之友(FCSN)除了協會與實體課程恢復上課外,協會所經營的咖啡店「Friends COFFEE & TEA」也正式重新對外營業。「Friends COFFEE & TEA」店長邱蕙君(Roxana Chiu)說,咖啡店重新營業對特殊兒和她自己來說意義特別的不同,許多特殊兒透過在咖啡店工作幫忙獲得生活技能,對於咖啡店的認同感比一般人來說更為強烈。 Continue reading 原本因疫情停業 華人特殊兒童之友咖啡店重新開幕

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華人特殊兒童之友重新開張 1年不見 學員難掩興奮

隨著疫苗施打率提升,許多行業、學校陸續恢復上班、上課。華人特殊兒童之友(FCSN)30也於本月19日正式重新開張,迎來許多學員到現場。特殊兒童之友的學員看到彼此都格外想念與開心,老師們非常開心全部學員平安歸來上課,好像大家合作打了一場硬仗,戰勝了疫情,終於能團聚。 Continue reading 華人特殊兒童之友重新開張 1年不見 學員難掩興奮

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自閉的優勢

早上7點整,季齡站在我臥房門口。 “ Breakfast!” 他是一字大師, 惜字如金,卻總是一語中的, 直切重點。例如,我開車時, 季齡是最佳導航,我只要告訴他去哪兒,他一路簡短的說:left lane; 或 right turn;  當我偶一分神, 季齡總是很平靜的提醒我,” straight” or “exit,”  有時快到紅綠燈還沒踩剎車,他會緊張的說:” stop! stop!“ 這是唯一說兩次的話。只有提醒,絕不指責!季齡是絕對的好夥伴。 Continue reading 自閉的優勢

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Perfect Autism

At 7 am sharp, Chiling shows up at my bedroom doorway. “Breakfast!” He is the master of one word expressions; cherishing his words like gold, he always gets to the point with just a single word.  For instance, as my driving navigator, I simply have to tell Chiling the destination, and he will direct me with perfect instructions: “left lane,” or “right turn.” Sometimes, when I get distracted, he never fails to calmly remind me of the next step: “straight” or “exit.”  When he sees a red light coming up and I have not started to hit the brakes, Chiling will raise his voice nervously: “Stop! Stop!” This is the only situation with two words.  I always receive gentle reminders from Chiling, never harsh criticisms. Chiling is undoubtedly my best partner. Continue reading Perfect Autism

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Nutrition in My Life: FCSN Class Aims to Empower Students to Make Healthy Choices

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) living in the US are 40% more likely than neurotypical children to become overweight or obese. Because of oversensitivity to certain textures and tastes of food, those with ASD also tend to be picky eaters. After learning about these nutrition-related health challenges that individuals with autism face, FCSN volunteer Rachel Huynh realized a dire need for special-needs students to build healthy lifestyle habits. As a nutrition major at Brown University, she decided to design a nutrition curriculum for students with special needs. Continue reading Nutrition in My Life: FCSN Class Aims to Empower Students to Make Healthy Choices

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Join the FCSN Voices Reporter Team!

We are looking for volunteers interested in being youth reporters and/or graphic designers/digital artists for FCSN Voices! Seeing your articles get published on FCSN Voices and the main FCSN website is an amazingly rewarding experience, and you will gain valuable communication, writing, teamwork, and outreach skills. There are also opportunities to receive the FCSN Voices Outstanding Contributor award for top reporters. Continue reading Join the FCSN Voices Reporter Team!

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The Making of the Music Video for FCSN 25 th Anniversary “Friends With Dreams”

FCSN’s 25th Anniversary song “Friends with Dreams” is an original song written and produced by FCSN parents and volunteers, and performed by our special needs individuals. Read about the inspiring behind-the-scenes story, including concept creation, finding collaborators, producer, composing the music, writing lyrics, finding singers, video taping and editing. Continue reading The Making of the Music Video for FCSN 25 th Anniversary “Friends With Dreams”

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Meet the Members of FCSN’s LIFE Client Council

Members of FCSN LIFE Client Council have done a lot during this term, planning for 10 parties, numerous new class ideas, and one community outreach activity. They started to learn how to work with each other and stimulated each other with new ideas to work closely together. They had achieved a tacit understanding when an idea formed, and each of them jumped right in and picked up their share of duties to make the idea came true. Continue reading Meet the Members of FCSN’s LIFE Client Council

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Meet the Members of FCSN’s ADP Client Council

ADP Client Council is a platform on which clients can build their skills on decision making and self-advocacy, thereby becoming more self-confident. With the help of ADP staff, clients express themselves and take part in shaping what they want for their program. Continue reading Meet the Members of FCSN’s ADP Client Council

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FCSN Client Council: Striving to Make a Difference

East Bay Adult Day Program’s Client Council started in June 2020. Clients meet weekly to share their ideas, discuss their needs, and set goals. They have proposed new classes and activities, made plans for upcoming holiday celebrations and parties, and discussed possible vocation training opportunities. They even began a community outreach project. Continue reading FCSN Client Council: Striving to Make a Difference