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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

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Connecting Communities One Performance at a Time: Music in the Park

Since 2017, FCSN parent Sufen and her talented musician son Chiling would regularly bring instruments to the local parks and perform for the community. In addition to sharing his musical talents, they hope to bring the community together, and destigmatize the autistic community through such performances. Continue reading Connecting Communities One Performance at a Time: Music in the Park

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Iris Hu’s Artistic Journey

During 2021 August Moon Festival’s “All Stars Rendezvous, Brighten Up Chinatown Recover” joint exhibition in San Francisco Chinatown, FCSN Client Iris Hu showcased two pieces of artwork along with 42 other Bay Area artists. Read how Iris’ parents helped her overcome her challenges and develop her talents as an artist. Continue reading Iris Hu’s Artistic Journey

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Join FCSN Voices Youth Reporters Team

We are looking for volunteers interested in being youth reporters and/or graphic designers/digital artists for FCSN Voices! FCSN Voices is FCSN’s online newsletter that expanded rapidly this past year as the team has worked to share FCSN stories online. 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 FCSN Voices Youth Reporters Team

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A Foreword to FCSN’s New Book

FCSN recently published a compilation of stories in their new book, “Friends of Children with Special Needs – Building a Dream Community.” Written by FCSN staff, parents, clients, and volunteers, the book chronicles the history of FCSN in the past 25 years. This is the foreword to the book, written by FCSN parent, Board Member, and Chair, Chenming Hu.
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Documenting the History of FCSN – FCSN’s 25th Anniversary Book

To celebrate FCSN’s 25th anniversary, FCSN published “Friends of Children with Special Needs – Building a Dream Community”, a documentary book on the history of our organization. FCSN co-founder James Chiao compiled and edited the book, he describes the motivation and thought process behind this project. Continue reading Documenting the History of FCSN – FCSN’s 25th Anniversary Book

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GLIFY Contributes $1000 to FCSN

On August 29, local student organization Global Leadership Initiatives For Youth (GLIFY) donated $1000 to FCSN as their part of annual contribution. They believe that by working with FCSN, they can help create opportunities for the special needs students to express themselves, learn new skills, and feel confident about their identity Continue reading GLIFY Contributes $1000 to FCSN

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The Gao Family’s Journey to FCSN

Lucy and Hua Gao, parents to Bob, share their how it is like to raise a child with special needs while building their professional careers. After learning about FCSN, the family decided to retire and move to the Bay Area in order to provide Bob with the supportive environment that allows him to flourish. Continue reading The Gao Family’s Journey to FCSN

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Difficult Transitions, Happy Returning

After the pandemic forced FCSN to pause in-person services for a prolonged period of time, FCSN client Kyung fell into a depression and lost motivation to attend to his daily activities. Kyung’s brother, Ben tells the story of how the family dealt with this difficult period, and how FCSN’s re-opening brought back the Kyung that they’ve always known. Continue reading Difficult Transitions, Happy Returning

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“Welcome to Social Group!”: My Experience Teaching Nonverbal and Limited Verbal Individuals

FCSN youth volunteer, Anna Kuang, shares how she overcame her initial nervousness interacting with her students with minimal verbal abilities, and eventually came to form strong bonds and have a good time doing many different kinds of activities together. Continue reading “Welcome to Social Group!”: My Experience Teaching Nonverbal and Limited Verbal Individuals

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FCSN Toastmaster Press Release

FCSN Toastmaster Club Vice President of Public Relation, Alan Hwan, crafted this announcement to promote membership. FCSN Toastmasters welcomes special needs adults 18 and older as members. Members run meetings, give speeches and play a variety of supportive roles. Continue reading FCSN Toastmaster Press Release

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FCSN Stop Asian Hate Campaign: the Fight Against Asian Discrimination 

Following the nationwide Stop AAPI Hate movement, over the past spring and summer, FCSN initiated its own Stop Asian Hate Campaign, consisting of a rally, a vaccine movement, and numerous training classes in order to educate and provide resources for its special needs community to learn to protect themselves from the discrimination against Asians. Continue reading FCSN Stop Asian Hate Campaign: the Fight Against Asian Discrimination