FCSN Plays an Integral Part of My Son’s Life

In March 2020, Bay Area counties instituted Shelter-in-Place orders due to the arrival of the COVID pandemic, and FCSN was forced to suspend in-person programs. This surely created enormous problems for the staff and volunteers who have been keeping this wonderful organization afloat under what are even in the best of times, challenging circumstances. But it also created a crisis for our son Jon and all of the clients and their families who have been relying on FCSN services. Continue reading FCSN Plays an Integral Part of My Son’s Life

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Friends Coffee & Tea: Behind the Cookies

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From almond crispies to snow bliss cookies, Friends Coffee & Tea’s delicious sweets have a special meaning behind them. Each week, the shop holds a cookie training group session, working with a handful of special needs adults (age 22 and above) to teach them how to make these delicacies.  Continue reading Friends Coffee & Tea: Behind the Cookies

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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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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

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

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

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

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

“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