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Upcoming Events

at Support for Families of Children with Disabilities


CLINICS are small group trainings designed to accommodate individualized questions and are repeated monthly. All clinics occur from 4-6pm at Support for Families, unless otherwise noted.

Clinics are FREE. Childcare and interpretation (Spanish, Cantonese) services are available for most workshops, but ONLY with pre-registration. Register by calling 415-920-5040

IEP Spanish (Clínica Programa de Educación Individualizada (IEP) - Español)

November 20, 4:00pm-6:00pm
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IEP Cantonese (個別化教育計劃(IEP)諮詢會)

December 4, 4:00pm-6:00pm
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IEP English

December 11, 4:00pm-6:00pm
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Transition to Adulthood

January 22, 2015; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
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Parent / Professional Workshops (PPW)

PARENT/PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOPS are larger group trainings that provide an opportunity for parents and professionals to network, share concerns and ideas, and learn about valuable information & resources.

Workshops are FREE and located at Support for Families unless otherwise noted. FREE Childcare and interpretation (Spanish, Cantonese) services are available for most workshops, but ONLY with pre-registration. Register by calling 415-920-5040

iPads para la Comunicación y la Educación (en ESPAÑOL)

miércoles 19 de noviembre; 5:00pm-7:30pm
Cómo el iPad puede ayudar a su hijo con la comunicación y necesidades educativas. Después de asistir el taller, puede ser eligible para PRESTAR un iPad.
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Early Childhood Inclusion: The Foundations

Friday December 5; 11:00am-3:30pm
Presented by SF Inclusion Networks, a program of Support for Families. This interactive half-day training is designed to introduce the definition, philosophy, legal mandates, and vision for the inclusion of young children with disabilities, birth to five, in early care and education programs. Participants will have an opportunity to shape their own vision for inclusion and explore relationship-building strategies for supporting families of children with disabilities.
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iPads for Education and Communication

Saturday December 13; 10:00am-12:00pm
All about how the iPad can assist your child with communication and educational needs. After attending the workshop, you may be able to BORROW an iPad.
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Childhood Development 101: Explorations of Development

Tuesday December 16; 8:30am-4:30pm
Presented by SF Inclusion Networks, a program of Support for Families. Child Development 101 is a full day training that actively explores typical developmental milestones with an emphasis on the role of linking child development theory to practice. Audience: Early Care and Education Community in San Francisco. Lunch and light morning refreshments will be provided.
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Executive Functioning: What It Is and How to Support It

Saturday January 10, 2015; 8:30am - 12:30pm
Learn about executive functioning intervention; specific strategies to help build executive functioning skills and compensate for deficits; and the technology to support these strategies.
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Support Groups

All support groups are free of charge. Childcare is provided, unless otherwise indicated, and must be reserved in advance.  If you are interested in participating in any of these groups, call the Warmline at 415-920-5040 or e-mail us for more information. Pre-registration is required. All events are at Support for Families unless otherwise noted.
  • Conversation Club for AAC Users
    Every Monday of the month
    4:30pm - 5:30pm
    Noe Valley Public Library Meeting Room, 451 Jersey St, SF
  • Evening Autism Support Group
    Fourth Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, November 25; 7:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Cantonese Speaking Parent Support Group
    Second Saturday of the month.
    Saturday, December 13; 1pm - 3pm
  • NEW: Dads Support Group
    Third Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, November 18; 6:00pm-7:30pm
  • Down Syndrome Support Group
    Second Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, December 9; 6:30pm-8:30pm - Special Presentation!
  • Prader Willi Support Group
    Quarterly on Saturdays.
  • Peer Group for Children with Cerebral Palsy
    Fourth Tuesday of the month, concurrent with parent support group.
    Tuesday, November 25; 4:45pm - 6:45pm
  • Parents of Children with Cerebral Palsy
    Fourth Tuesday of the month, concurrent with children peer group.
    Tuesday, November 25; 4:45pm - 6:45pm
  • Parents of Transition Age Youth
    First Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, December 2; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • NEW: Preemie Support Group
    Third Thursday of the month.
    Thursday, November 20; 7:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Spanish Speaking Parent Support Group
    Second Wednesday of the month.
    Wednesday, November 12; 10am - 12pm
  • Tube Feeding Support Group
    Fourth Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, November 25; 7pm - 8:15pm
  • Tuesday Night Support Group
    Second and Fourth Tuesdays of the month.
    Tuesday, November 11; 6:45pm-8:30pm
    Tuesday, November 25; 6:45pm-8:30pm
    For Parents of Infants & Young Children with medical and/or developmental disorders. Bi-weekly meetings provide a means for parents to benefit from one another’s experience and exchange valuable information.

Family Special Events and More

Stress Less: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Series

Thursdays starting December 4 (12/4, 12/11, 12/18, 1/8, 1/15 and 1/22); 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Support for Families, 1663 Mission St, 7th Floor, San Francisco
Join us at a pilot program series around mindfulness-based stress reduction. Light food and childcare available. Check back for more information, and click here for the New York Times article about mindfulness-based stress reduction for parents of children with developmental disabilities. Flyer [pdf] Call 415-920-5040 to register.

Guest Speaker Dr. Ng at December's Down Syndrome Group

Tuesday December 9; 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Support for Families, 1663 Mission St, 7th Floor, San Francisco
Join us! Dr. Peter Ng, a pediatrician from the Chinatown Public Health Center's Disability Access Clinic will be the guest speaker at our next Down syndrome support group meeting. He will address general questions and concerns about children with disabilities and special needs. It will be an informal group discussion, focusing on children with Down syndrome.

Flyer [pdf] Call 415-920-5040 to register.

Holiday Ice Skating Party(FULL)

Saturday, December 20, 2014; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Yerba Buena Ice Skating Center, 750 Folsom St
Come enjoy an evening of ice skating, refreshments, and fun with your family and friends! Say hi to Santa and pick up a free book! Flyer (English, Spanish, Cantonese) [pdf] This event is full, but call 415-920-5040 to be put on the waitlist.


Community Advisory Committee for Special Education

Repeats every fourth Thursday of the month unless otherwise noted.

Coffee Time with SFUSD Special Education Administration

Thursday, November 20; 5:45-6:30pm

(CAC) Community Advisory Committee Meeting

Thursday, November 20; 6:30pm - 8:00pm


Events Sponsored by Other Organizations

Sunday Storytime Hour: Giving Thanks!
Cartoon Art Museum
Sunday, November 16; 11am-12pm
Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission St, San Francisco
This event is free with admission to the Cartoon Art Museum. Children under 6 years of age are free. This Sunday will feature the books from Shell Silverstein (The Giving Tree), Patrick McDonnell (The Gift of Nothing) and Bay Area artist Alex Schumacher (The World's Crummiest Umbrella). Activities include making turkeys from handprints. More Information

Hunker Down & Press On: Navigating the Social-Emotional Terrain from Adolescence to young Adulthood on the Spectrum (Marin & North Bay Autism Lecture Series)
Offerings & Karen Kaplan
Wednesday, November 19; 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Marin County Office of Education, 1111 Las Gallinas, San Rafael, CA 94901
This lecture will give you great insight into the social-emotional challenges in adolescence and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders, as well as an overview of creative interventions. Presented by Liz McDonough MF/Drama Therapist. More Information

San Jose Abilities Expo
Abilities Expo
Friday - Sunday, November 21-23, 2014; 11am – 5pm
San Jose McEnery Convention Center, 150 W. San Carlos Street, San Jose, CA 95110
FREE for attendees.  Discover the latest products and services designed to meet the daily challenges of people with disabilities. We are also expanding our assistive technology and retail pavilions in response to the demand of PWDs nationwide. Seminars also available. More Information

Russian River (California) Adventure for Youth with Down Syndrome
PALS Program
Friday, December 12 – Sunday, December 14
Open to young adults with Down Syndrome ages 16-24. We will be staying in cabins on the Russian River, traveling to Bodega Bay, and playing in the Armstrong Redwoods. All campers and counselors will be paired one-to-one for the weekend. Fee. More Information

We Gotta Dance! Dances for People with Disabilities
The Arc San Francisco
3rd Friday of the Month (Dec 18, Jan 16); 6:00pm doors open
1500 Howard St (at 11th St), San Francisco
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Free Intro Classes! Social Skills Play Group Starting in January
Bay Area Music Therapy
6-week program on Sundays starting January 4, 2015; 10:00am – 11:00am
Free Introductory Group Sessions: December 7 & 14, 10:00am – 11:00am
5212 Claremont Ave, Oakland, CA 94618
Join us at a Music Therapy Social Skills Group, building social connections through music and play. For children ages 4-6 with special needs. Facilitated by Board Certified Music Therapist Julia Beth Runkle MT-BC and Bay Area Music Therapy Founder Ian Wilkerson, MT-BC. Must RSVP; space is limited. To register, call 707-595-0995 or email

Other Opportunities for Input

Parent/Caregiver Survey about Children Mental Health Services
The National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health (FFCMH) & the REACH Institute
Please take 10 minutes to complete this anonymous survey. We will use the information we gather to develop strategies for helping families get the best mental health treatment for their children. We believe that parents need to be fully informed about the type of treatment their child is receiving so that they can make informed decisions on the effectiveness of that treatment. More Information

CMS Seeking Comments on Speech Generating Devices
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
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TARA Study: Training of Attention and Emotion Regulation in Adolescents with Depression
UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
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Stanford Study on Severe Problem Behavior
The Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR), Stanford University
The study will evaluate how environmental and biological factors affect the display of severe problem behavior in adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Eligible participants will travel to Stanford for a comprehensive behavioral assessment.  All travel arrangements and expenses will be provided free of charge.  Families will also receive a report summarizing the results of the assessment and a $100 honorarium. More Information

University Student Seeking Interview Participants
University of San Francisco (USF)
USF student is seeking interview participants for her senior thesis project who are: African American, A parent or guardian of a child diagnosed on the autism spectrum, English Speaking, Willing to talk about their, their child’s, and their family’s experiences. Contact Emma Zirkler at or (425) 677-5314.

Free Advocacy Classes/Group for Youth with Disabilities: Young Independent People (YIP)
Center for Independent Living
1st and 3rd Mondays of the month; 4:00pm – 6:00pm
CIL, 3075 Adeline St, Ste 100, Berkeley CA (near Ashby BART station)
Take action on issues that affect youth with disabilities! Meet other young people with disabilities, speak confidently about the issues that matter to you, learn to organize peers and other community members, and find your voice, be heard, and influence policymakers. Call (510) 841-4776 ext. 3133 for more information.

CDE Survey: Partnering with Parents
California Department of Education - Special Education Division
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National Survey for Families
Early Intervention Family Alliance (EIFA)
To take part in the survey families must have received early intervention services in the last six years or be currently participating in services. More Information

Are You an Adult with Aspergers, Autism, or PDD-NOS? Research Study
University of Wisconsin- Madison
For 18-25 year olds with Asperger’s, Autism, or PDD-NOS. More Information

Alternate Assessments Survey
Alternate Assessment Research Group (AARG)
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San Francisco Unified School District

Board of Education Meeting

Meetings are held every 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. All Regular and Committee meetings are open to the public.

Irving G. Breyer Board Meeting Room
555 Franklin Street, First Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102

Webcast - You can view a live Board Meeting webcast online external link. (Note, this is only available during the meeting. You can view past meetings below.)

Children supervised by an adult, are welcome to attend meetings of the Board of Education.


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