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華人特殊兒童之友 獲State Farm資助2.5萬元

華人特殊兒童之友從超過2000份社區基金的申請中脫穎而出,成為入圍的200個公益組織之一。FCSN發動社區的力量投票,成為2020年度對社區有重大積極影響的40個公益性組織之一。State Farm公司代表瑪利亞王(Maria Wong)表示:「我的家庭作為FCSN的成員已經超過20年了,我的孩子也受到FCSN很大的幫助。很榮幸能為這樣一家致力於服務社區的組織提供幫助。」 Continue reading 華人特殊兒童之友 獲State Farm資助2.5萬元

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Three Lynbrook High Students Donate $5000 to FCSN Over The Summer

Senior Angela Jiao, co-founder and president of SVSY; junior Andrew Yuan, co-founder and vice president; and senior Raymond Shao, the Director of Curriculum, along with several other instructors, garnered the donation money through tuition fees for their virtual science lessons held over the summer of 2021. They hope that the money from the donation will enable FCSN to provide a more extensive array of materials for their science department, such as computers or chemistry kits. Through this greater availability of resources, they hope that special needs students can more thoroughly explore STEM subjects and discover their interests. Continue reading Three Lynbrook High Students Donate $5000 to FCSN Over The Summer

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Never Give Up, Always Have Hope: The Story of Anna and FCSN

Anna Wang is one of the co-founders of FCSN, inspired and driven by the autism diagnosis of her son, Lawrence. During the 25 years since a group of parents came together, Anna has helped create many programs for children, adults, and families, fostered a sense of community, and been an outspoken advocate for the rights of special needs individuals. Through countless challenges, Anna has stayed motivated with the mantra of never giving up, always having hope, and trusting that it would bring happiness. Continue reading Never Give Up, Always Have Hope: The Story of Anna and FCSN

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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