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FCSN GYVers 2022: Isabella He

Mission San Jose High School senior Isabella He is the founder of FCSN Clubs, co-founder and Tutor Coordinator of Special Needs (SN) Tutoring, and Advisor of FCSN’s online newsletter, FCSN Voices. These outstanding efforts led her to receive the title of 2021 FCSN Volunteer of the Year, selected from a pool of more than 1,200 volunteers as the top contributor. Read about Isabella’s contributions to FCSN in this spotlight article. Continue reading FCSN GYVers 2022: Isabella He

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FCSN GYVers 2022: Katherine He

Basis Independent Silicon Valley Senior Katherine He’s family first joined FCSN in 2022, hoping to find a supportive special needs community for her brother. Since then, Katherine has developed new interactive classes for special needs individuals such as Lego Digital Design, Find Your Voice, and Life Skills, helping participants develop computer skills, improve speech and communication, and learn about finances and current events. Continue reading FCSN GYVers 2022: Katherine He

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FCSN GYVers 2022: Kyle Ng

Irvington High School Senior Kyle Ng began his FCSN journey as a volunteer for FCSN afterschool programs. However, after noticing the lack of STEM opportunities for special needs individuals in Silicon Valley, he decided to use his own experience as a member of a For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Tech Challenge robotics team to teach his own robotics classes at FCSN. Since then, he has gone on to create Serendipity STEM, an organization whose mission is to provide STEM opportunities for underprivileged communities, including that of neurodivergent individuals.
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Dream Achiever’s 2022 Premiere

Earlier last month, Dream Achiever had its first in-person performance of the year: a celebration of Lunar New Year. The pandemic put their live performances on hold for over a year, and the band had only recently resumed their in-person concerts in June 2021. Band manager and parent Anna Wang shared the experiences of the band members as they navigated online performances and the inability to interact with their audience, as well as the joy of returning to in-person performances. Continue reading Dream Achiever’s 2022 Premiere

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The Gift of Music–The Inspirational Story of the Dream Achievers Band

Alice Jen, Greg Hebert, and Lawrence Wang are talented musicians with autism who have given countless performances all over the world, changing the public’s perceptions of people with special needs. To get to where they are today, each of them experienced very different journeys, both in terms of music and in their personal lives. Continue reading The Gift of Music–The Inspirational Story of the Dream Achievers Band

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Employment Success Stories Series: Lawrence Wang

FCSN client Lawrence has worked at a State Farm Insurance company branch for 12 years, an office as a paper filer for 8 years, and at a TJ Maxx outlet as a retail and inventory worker for 8 years. In this interview, his mother Anna opens up about the process of finding Lawrence three engaging, steady jobs. Continue reading Employment Success Stories Series: Lawrence Wang

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Connecting Communities One Performance at a Time: Music in the Park

Since 2017, FCSN parent Sufen and her talented musician son Chiling would regularly bring instruments to the local parks and perform for the community. In addition to sharing his musical talents, they hope to bring the community together, and destigmatize the autistic community through such performances. Continue reading Connecting Communities One Performance at a Time: Music in the Park

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Iris Hu’s Artistic Journey

During 2021 August Moon Festival’s “All Stars Rendezvous, Brighten Up Chinatown Recover” joint exhibition in San Francisco Chinatown, FCSN Client Iris Hu showcased two pieces of artwork along with 42 other Bay Area artists. Read how Iris’ parents helped her overcome her challenges and develop her talents as an artist. Continue reading Iris Hu’s Artistic Journey