April 2017 - Autism Awareness & Acceptance, Enchanted and More!
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It's About Life, Not Limitations.
April is Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) refers to a group of developmental disabilities that affect a person’s ability to understand what they see, hear, and otherwise sense. It's a brain disorder that impacts communication, social interaction and behavior.

During the month of April, we "Light It Up Blue" to raise awareness about autism AND promote acceptance of people living with autism -- individuals with unique skills and abilities, and a different way of viewing the world.

To learn more, please visit the Autism Society of North Carolina.
It's Magic...ENCHANTED 
The Enrichment Center’s Gateway Gallery was the venue for a magical evening at the opening reception for the current exhibition – ENCHANTED. This show features original work by the Artists of Gateway Studios, showcasing fairy houses, garden gnomes and more! Our guest artist is Marcia McDade McMann, who is also an Exhibiting Member with Piedmont Craftsmen.

Live music was provided by The Enrichment Center Percussion Ensemble, refreshments were provided by The Enrichment Center’s Culinary Arts students, and “extra sparkle” was provided by Fairy Hair Flare!

The opening reception was made possible with funding by The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County and Wells Fargo. Generous in-kind donations were also received from Lowe’s Home Improvement and the Winston-Salem Wine Market.

Check out this special story about Enchanted and The Enrichment Center by Chad Tucker and WGHP Fox 8.

Enchanted will be on display through May 12.

Save the date for the opening of GROWING FANTASIES
Friday, May 19 | 5-7pm
Gateway Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, 11am to 4pm, and by appointment.
For more information call 336.837.6826.
What's Your Plan?

In March, The Enrichment Center hosted Special Needs Planning 101 -- a free educational workshop on special needs planning for parents, friends, guardians and caregivers. Topics included: Government Benefits, SSI and Medicaid, ABLE Act, Special Needs Trust, Guardianship, Future Caregiving and more. This workshop was facilitated by Ryan F. Platt, Chartered Special Needs Consultant and board member with The Arc of NC. Ryan is the founder of A Special Needs Plan, a special needs planning advisory firm.

And on April 10, Dale Folwell, State Treasurer of North Carolina, visited The Enrichment Center to tour classrooms, meet students and staff, and provide an update on the NC ABLE Program and NC ABLE accounts. Treasurer Folwell was joined by Melinda Plue, Director of Advocacy and Chapter Development for The Arc of NC, Chris Eagan, Executive Director of the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities, and Valerie Vizena, Executive Director of The Enrichment Center.

Launched in early 2017, NC ABLE accounts are affordable, tax-advantaged accounts that allow eligible individuals, with either physical or cognitive disabilities, to save up to $14,000 per year without endangering eligibility for certain means-tested benefit programs, including Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). 
Good Luck Corey!

Corey Williams, President of the Aktion Club, was nominated for the People's Choice Award of the 2017 Forsyth County Governor's Choice Volunteer Service Awards. "Corey exemplifies enthusiasm and commitment to volunteering and helping others in need," said nominator Victoria Jackson, Program Services Manager. "She has shown a great deal of enthusiasm and willingness to serve others, both at The Enrichment Center and in the community." 

Awards will be announced at a special breakfast on April 19. Way to go Corey!
National Volunteer Week is April 23-29 
We're grateful for all the wonderful volunteers who support The Enrichment Center throughout the year -- THANK YOU for your dedication and service! 
Play Ball!

Opening night for the Winston-Salem Dash at BB&T Ballpark is coming up on April 13! Bolt is ready for action -- how about you?!?

The Enrichment Center is proud and grateful to count the Dash as one of our longtime supporters -- both as a donor and employment partner. 

And...SAVE THE DATE for The Enrichment Center's performance of the national anthem, led by Voice Instructor Amy Wiard, before the Dash game on Thursday, May 11. 
We're All Smiles About AmazonSmile

When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate to The Enrichment Center. You shop. Amazon gives. It's really that simple!

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.
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Community Calendar

Forget-Me-Not Gift Shop Open House
Friday, April 14 and Saturday, April 15 | 10am-5pm
Reynolda Village | Winston-Salem, NC

More info:

2017 Disability Advocacy Conference
Presented by Disability Rights North Carolina
Thursday, April 20 | 8:30am-4:45pm
The Friday Center at UNC | Chapel Hill, NC
Registration fee: $125 | More info:

Joy Prom Winston-Salem
A Night Under the Sea
Presented by Love Out Loud
Saturday, April 29 | 6:30-9:30pm
Winston-Salem Christian School | Winston-Salem, NC
More info:

Spring Formal
Presented by No Limits II Dance Club
Sunday, April 30  | 4-7pm
Village Inn | Clemmons, NC
More info: Gina Miller -- 336.837.6828

Barrier Awareness Day
Presented by the Winston-Salem Mayor's Council for Persons with Disabilities
Friday, May 12 | 8am-2pm
Senior Services | Winston-Salem, NC 
Requested donation: $10 | More info email:
The Enrichment Center will be closed on
Friday, April 14 and Monday, April 17 for the Easter Holiday.
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Our Donors Brighten Lives!

Thank you for joining us in the belief that EVERYONE in our community, regardless of perceived abilities or disabilities, deserves to live a great life -- the best life possible!

Because of you, The Enrichment Center is able to provide the extra help needed to enrich and empower the lives of nearly 200 adults living with intellectual and development disabilities, enabling them to grow as individuals, live with dignity and have choices in how they fulfill their lives.

It's about life, not limitations.


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