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Meet the Members of FCSN’s LIFE Client Council

Members of FCSN LIFE Client Council have done a lot during this term, planning for 10 parties, numerous new class ideas, and one community outreach activity. They started to learn how to work with each other and stimulated each other with new ideas to work closely together. They had achieved a tacit understanding when an idea formed, and each of them jumped right in and picked up their share of duties to make the idea came true. Continue reading Meet the Members of FCSN’s LIFE Client Council

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Meet the Members of FCSN’s ADP Client Council

ADP Client Council is a platform on which clients can build their skills on decision making and self-advocacy, thereby becoming more self-confident. With the help of ADP staff, clients express themselves and take part in shaping what they want for their program. Continue reading Meet the Members of FCSN’s ADP Client Council

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FCSN Client Council: Striving to Make a Difference

East Bay Adult Day Program’s Client Council started in June 2020. Clients meet weekly to share their ideas, discuss their needs, and set goals. They have proposed new classes and activities, made plans for upcoming holiday celebrations and parties, and discussed possible vocation training opportunities. They even began a community outreach project. Continue reading FCSN Client Council: Striving to Make a Difference

Fun Exploration Beyond My Comfort Zone

For the first three months of shelter-in-place, Angie was so scared in the beginning because of the Coronavirus, and didn’t want to join the virtual day program classes because of not being confident enough to navigate the Zoom features. But slowly she gained the confidence to adapt by learning and trying new things, even going back to work at TJMaxx. Continue reading Fun Exploration Beyond My Comfort Zone

Bringing Individuals With Special Needs to the Virtual World

Adult Day Program Coordinator Jake Haw details the activity changes made to bring clients to the virtual world. Classes include physical fitness, social development, academic, and creativity classes. There are also special theme days, such as Hat Day, or Book Day, to generate extra enthusiasm among the clients. Continue reading Bringing Individuals With Special Needs to the Virtual World

Our Clients’ Voice Matters

LIFE Program Coordinator Monica Gonzalez describes how Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) evolved during shelter-in-place, allowing for the clients with more opportunities to voice their opinions, concerns, and ideas on how their program should function. This Person-Centered Planning (PCP) approach is facilitated by the weekly Client Councils, in which clients discuss new class options and plan for upcoming holiday parties. Continue reading Our Clients’ Voice Matters

Feeling the Beat

Bellarmine Percussion teachers Jacob, Charles, Anthony, Adam, and Shoaib have been bringing people together by teaching percussion since 2018. Since the pandemic, they have had to move their lessons online, but they continue to adapt and devote themselves to teaching students with their passion. Classes are currently open for registration. Continue reading Feeling the Beat

Cooking with Friends

Youth Volunteers Luna and Jessica started teaching FCSN’s cooking class since 2020. Students not only learn how to follow recipes, they also learn the cultural background and fun facts about the foods. This semester, they will learn how to make pancakes, sweet & sour chicken, chicken parmesan spaghetti, sushi, and much more. Continue reading Cooking with Friends

My Experience Teaching Dance at FCSN

Teaching a class of special needs students can be nerve-racking, and even more so doing it over Zoom. Andria Luo shares her experience co-teaching a virtual dance class, and tips on how to make a virtual class fun and engaging for everyone in class. Continue reading My Experience Teaching Dance at FCSN