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What To Do With Extra Coins?

FCSN parent Jim Chiao had too many spare coins on his hands, yet sorting them himself was too time consuming and taking them to places where coins would be sorted for a fee was too troublesome. He came up with the solution to donate his coins to FCSN, which could also create some work opportunities for FCSN day program clients. Continue reading What To Do With Extra Coins?

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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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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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Meducate’s Contribution to FCSN: Human Anatomy

Instructors at Meducate used interactive lessons, individual attention, and fun and engaging activities to teach FCSN students about how your body works. Students had fun learning about the digestive system, the central nervous system, immune system, and much more. Continue reading Meducate’s Contribution to FCSN: Human Anatomy

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Overcoming the Impossible: Amy Hao

Born with cerebral palsy, a condition so severe it affect movement of her entire body, Amy had to overcome many obstacles to get to where she is today. She learned to read by watching TV, advocated for her own needs throughout her academic years, and today she is a graduate student at Cal State LA. Amy shares her insights on growing up with a physical disability, but a resilient spirit. Continue reading Overcoming the Impossible: Amy Hao