In 2002, aware of the challenges faced by children with disabilities, a group of woman decided to pool their resources in an effort to help local families and children with special needs. Today, Friends of Special Children, (FOSC), a 501c(3) non-profit organization, consists of thirty active member volunteers and continues to assist and enhance the lives of children with special needs in Chattanooga.  

Early in our tenure we worked in Chattanooga for the School of the Deaf, and local special needs camps. In 2004 FOSC came to Signal Centers whose mission is to strengthen children, adults and families through services focusing on disabilities, early childhood education and self-sufficiency. Signal Centers’ school and services support over 120 children with disabilities and 55 geriatric and/or disabled adults.e is about friends of special children.

Past Fundraising efforts benefiting Signal Centers include the following:

  • Purchased IntelliTools Classroom Suite software and equipment for computerized learning.

  • Renovated state-of-the-art model classrooms.

  • Created an Endowed Scholarship Fund

  • Replaced aging windows for all the classrooms with new energy efficient windows.

  • Constructed two fully accessible playgrounds for children with all abilities

  • Completed funding for The Maxine Block Alper, FOSC Enrichment Center (Construction in Progress)  

  • Raised funds for the purchase and installation of an elevator at Signal Centers. Making Signal Centers completely wheelchair accessible. 

  • Provided funding for new computer learning tools: audio, video software & hardware upgrades, training and installing secure system.

  • Raised funding for upgrades to safety and security upgrades for the campus and classrooms to include new fencing, video cameras and the installation of 2 bathrooms.  ​     

​Anne M. Stone | Pres. FOSC

Friends of Special Children 501(C) 3 Chattanooga , TN 
P.O Box 5718 Chattanooga, TN. 37406
​Ph. 423.421.0623

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History Of Friends of Special Children in Chattanooga

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