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FCSN History: “To Dream the Impossible Dream”

Friends of Children with Special Needs (FCSN), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was formed in 1996
by ten families of children with special needs. They wanted to support each other, share ideas, and educate
the community about those with special needs. In 2001, FCSN embarked on the Dream Project, and in 2006
built a community center (Dream Center) in Fremont. Today, FCSN’s vision is to build a “Dream Community”,
a community of love, hope, and respect for the special needs, provide a village of support, and deliver
happiness.

Since its founding, FCSN has connected and aided more than 800 multi-ethnic families. With two centers, FCSN
now provides 40+ comprehensive programs for special needs individuals of all ages and their families. By 2014,
FCSN has over 200 students in its Vendorized Day Programs, 100 staff (including full and part time), and over
800 family members.

FCSN Milestones & Achievements

Since 1996, FCSN has reached many milestones and has been awarded over
20 Resolution of Commendations from public officials including the U.S. congressman,
California state governor and legislators, Santa Clara County and Alameda County
Board of Supervisors, and city mayors and councilmembers.

1996

  • First “South Bay Integrated Family Support Group” meeting in Saratoga
  • “Friends of Children with Special Needs” becomes an organization

1997

  • First publication of the FCSN newsletter
  • Family Support Gathering begins at the Asian Pacific Family Resource Center in San Jose

1998

  • Fremont Local Group starts
  • 10 Board Members elected at first annual FCSN meeting
  • President and officers elected at first FCSN Board meeting

1999

  • “Dream Community” is proposed as FCSN’s long term goal

2001

  • FCSN parents form Peralta Dream LLC and acquire a piece of land, which became the future
    site of FCSN East Bay Center (Dream Center)
  • Service Above Self Award, San Andreas Regional Center

2002

  • First FCSN gala: “Make Our Dreams Come True”

2003

  • First fundraising concert: “Campus Folk Song”
  • East Bay Center (Dream Center) groundbreaking ceremony

2004

  • FCSN Booth (a small toy store) opens in Cupertino (now closed)
  • South Bay Adult Day Program starts in Cupertino

2005

  • FCSN reaches 25 local programs

2006

  • Grand opening of Fremont Center
  • East Bay Adult Day Program and Supported Living Services launches
  • Asian American Hero Award for Health and Human Services, Santa Clara County Supervisors

2007

  • Recipient of the Joan Kilburn Visionary Award from the California State Developmental Disability Council

2008

  • FCSN establishes temporary South Bay Center at Taiwanese American Presbyterian Church

2009

  • East Bay CIDP begins

2010

2011

  • Respite program begins

2012

  • Soap Project begins

2013

  • FCSN reaches 200 consumers (adult students) in vendorized programs and 100 staff members

2014

  • South Bascom Property bought as future site of South Bay Center
  • Service Provider of the Year, San Andreas Regional Center

2015

  • Special Needs Got Talent
  • Bernie Graf Excellence in Service Award, Developmental Disability Council of Alameda County
  • Non-Profit of the Year, ICAF Unity Day
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