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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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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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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