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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