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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. Register by calling us at 415-920-5040.
  • Individualized Education Program (IEP) Clinics

Presented by SFCD. Learn about Special Education law, the IEP process, what to do when things aren’t working, and how to become a more active/effective team member.

Dates (Thursdays 4pm-6pm):
IEP Clinics - English: 9/11/14
IEP Clinics - Spanish: 9/18/14
IEP Clinics - Cantonese: 9/4/14


  • Transition to Adult Life Clinic

Presented by SFCD. Learn about special education transition services for children over 16 and how to participate in the development of your child’s transition plan - an important part of the IEP.

Dates (4th Thursday unless otherwise noted, 4pm-6pm):
Thursday, August 28


  • Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy

Presented by SFCD. This workshop will provide participants with information on advocacy, which is speaking up for one's rights and helping others to exercise their rights. Participants will also learn about the skills needed to be an effective advocate. In addition, we’ll discuss the specific ways you can apply these skills and make a difference.

Dates (every month there is a 5th Thursday unless otherwise noted, 4pm-6pm): 
Thursday, October 30


  • iPads for Education and Communication (ENGLISH)

In this workshop we’ll aim to cover things like: iPad basics, how to adapt the iPad for your child, including iPad settings and adaptive tools for greater accessibility, iPad apps for communication, as well as parenting skills incorporate the iPad into your child’s daily communication routine. After attending the workshop, you may be able to BORROW an iPad. Flyer [pdf]

Dates (monthly on Saturdays unless otherwise noted)
Saturday, September 6; 10:00am - 12:30pm


  • Pads para la Comunicación y la Educación (ESPAÑOL)

En este taller vamos afán de cubrir cosas como: fundamentos iPad, cómo adaptar el iPad para su hijo, incluyendo la configuración de iPad y herramientas de adaptación para una mayor accesibilidad, aplicaciones de iPad para la comunicación yla educación, así como habilidades de los padres incorporen el iPad en su hijo rutina de la diaria. Después de asistir el taller, puede ser eligible para PRESTAR un iPad. Flyer [pdf]

Dates (monthly on Saturdays unless otherwise noted)
Wednesday, September 17; 5:00pm - 7:30pm

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 at Support for Families unless otherwise noted.

Register by calling 415-920-5040

  • Introduction to In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)
    Tuesday, September 9; 4:00pm - 6:00pm

We will discuss services that are available under the IHSS program, and rules about who is eligible to receive IHSS services.  The workshop will cover strategies to prepare for the County IHSS worker’s initial assessment or annual review, and how to do a self-assessment to determine how many hours you or your family members need. We will also explain the changes to the California budget affecting IHSS that will go into effect on January 1, 2015, including the new overtime rules and limitations on the number of hours an IHSS worker can work in a week.  Call 415-920-5040 to register.


  • Ages & Stages Questionnaire: Social-Emotional (ASQ:SE)
    Friday, September 12; 12:30pm - 4:30pm

A Workshop for Providers Caring for Young Children Birth to Five in San Francisco Learn to identify behaviors of concern with this social-emotional screener for young children. Early identification of social-emotional problems is crucial, as more and more children are experiencing poverty and other risk factors for depression, anxiety, and antisocial behavior. With the ASQ:SE, a highly reliable, parent-completed tool with a deep, exclusive focus on children’s social and emotional development, you can quickly pinpoint behaviors of concern and identify any need for further assessment or ongoing monitoring. Light refreshments will be provided. Click here to register


  • Positive Behavior Supports (PBS)
    Saturday, September 13; 8:30am - 12:30pm

    Positive Behavioral Support (PBS) is an empirically validated, function-based approach to eliminate challenging behaviors and replace them with prosocial skills.  Use of PBS decreases the need for more intrusive or aversive interventions (i.e., punishment or suspension) and can lead to both systemic as well as individualized change.  PBS can target an individual student or an entire school, as it does not focus exclusively on the student, but also includes changing environmental variables such as the physical setting, task demands, curriculum, instructional pace and individualized reinforcement.  Thus it is successful with a wide range of students, in a wide range of contexts, with a wide range of behaviors. Call 415-920-5040 to register.


  • Emergency/Disaster Preparedness
    Wednesday, September 17; 5:00pm - 7:00pm

This workshop is an in-service to help families prepare for California disasters such as earthquakes and fires. Does your family have a plan with special accommodations? Sufficient emergency supplies? Do you know how to turn off you water or gas? We will review what you will need to help your family survive the next big one. Presenter: Carol Thrailkill, R.N., P.H.N, Nurse Consultant, Department of Public Health's Childcare Health Project. Call 415-920-5040 to register


  • Oral Health for Children with Disabilities
    Thursday, September 18; 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Do you have questions about oral health and children with disabilities or special healthcare needs?  Do you have question about dental insurance?  Please join us in a workshop that may address many of your questions. Itani Dental San Francisco has over a decade of experience in treating the special needs community, and will share our experience and tips to treating patients with special needs as well as children and adults with phobias and mobility issues. We will also answer any questions or concerns you may have in regards to dental treatment and insurance coverage in Special Care Dentistry. Call 415-920-5040 to register


  • Understanding Special Education Due Process
    Friday, September 19; 10:00am - 12:30pm

When families and school districts disagree on placements or educational services for a child with disabilities, a due process hearing may be a last resort in resolving the dispute. This workshop is an opportunity to de-mystify what a due process hearing is and how it works, and to learn common mistakes for families to avoid. Call 415-920-5040 to register


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.
    Off for the summer - back Tuesday, September 23; 7:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Cantonese Speaking Parent Support Group
    Second Saturday of the month.
    Saturday, September 13; 1pm - 3pm
  • NEW: Dads Support Group
    Third Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, August 19; 6:00pm-7:30pm
  • Down Syndrome Support Group
    Second Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, September 9; 6:30pm-8:30pm
  • 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, August 26, 2014; 4:45pm - 6:45pm
  • Parents of Children with Cerebral Palsy
    Fourth Tuesday of the month, concurrent with children peer group.
    Tuesday, August 26, 2014; 4:45pm - 6:45pm
  • Parents of Transition Age Youth
    First Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, September 2; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • NEW: Preemie Support Group
    Third Thursday of the month.
    Thursday, August 21; 7:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Spanish Speaking Parent Support Group
    Second Wednesday of the month.
    Wednesday, September 10; 10am - 12pm
  • Tube Feeding Support Group
    Fourth Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, August 26; 7pm - 8:15pm
  • Tuesday Night Support Group
    Second and Fourth Tuesdays of the month.
    Tuesday, August 22; 6:45pm-8:30pm
    Tuesday, September 9; 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

  • Family Access Day at the de Young Museum: Gallery Tour and Art Workshop (FULL)
    Saturday, September 6, 2014; 11:00am - 2:00pm
    de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr

Join us for a hands on art workshop and family gallery tour of Modernism fromt the National Gallery of Art: The Robert & Jane Meyerhoff Collection. Event (includes museum admission, gallery tour and workshop) is free! Co-presented by Support for Families and the de Young Museum. Flyer (All Languages) [pdf] This event is full, but call to be put on the waitlist: 415-920-5040


  • FREE Yoga Series for Families
    Start Date: September 25 (8-Week Series)
    Birth-2: 9:30am - 10:30am; 3-5: 11am - 12pm
    Support for Families, 1663 Mission St, 7th Flr

For San Francisco parents/caregivers of children birth to 5. Yoga is a fun and calming way for families to come together, learn practical skills that enhance their daily lives and to connect with their own bodies and with each other! This FREE 8-week series welcomes ALL children Birth to 5 years old and their parents/caregivers. Classes are informed by the practices of Integrated Movement Therapy and Yoga for the Special Child ® and will be gentle and therapeutic- safe and appropriate for babies and children with special needs. No previous yoga experience (for parents or kids) is required! Both of these 8-week series will be held at Support for Families on Thursday mornings beginning September 25th. Dates: Sept 25, Oct 2, Oct 9, Oct 16, Oct 23, Oct 30, Nov 6, Nov 13. Advance registration required. Space is extremely limited. To sign up, call 415-920-5040 or email Rion Hoffmann at Childcare not provided.


  • Wine + Design 2014
    Gala & Auction
    Friday, October 10, 2014; 6:00pm - 10:00pm
    The Galleria at San Francisco Design Center

Wine, Cocktails, Hors d’Oeuvres, Dinner
Awards Ceremony, Auction, Entertainment

Wine and Design 2014


  • Halloween Party at Aquarium of the Bay
    Saturday, October 25, 2014; 5:30pm - 8:00pm
    Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39, San Francisco

Come dressed in your favorite costume and enjoy fun activities, exclusive access to the aquarium's exhibits, refreshments and more! Event is free; suggested donation $5/person. Space is limited! Register by calling 415-920-5040. Co-presented by Support for Families and Aquarium of the Bay.


Community Advisory Committee for Special Education

Repeats every fourth Thursday of the month.

Coffee Time with SFUSD Special Education Administration
Thursday, August 28, 2014; 5:45-6:30pm

(CAC) Community Advisory Committee Meeting
Thursday, August 28, 2014; 6:30pm - 8:00pm


Events Sponsored by Other Organizations

Raft the South Fork American and Other Trips this Summer and Fall
Environmental Traveling Companions
August 30-31
Environmental Traveling Companions has been providing accessible outdoor adventures for people with disabilities and under resourced youth for over 40 years. Join us on an ETC Adventure as an individual or plan a trip for your friends, family, or colleagues. Sliding-scale scholarships available for people with disabilities. More Information

DREDF’S 35th Anniversary Celebration Honoring U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin and U.S. Rep. George Miller
Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF)
Wednesday, September 3, 2014; 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline St, Berkeley CA
DREDF celebrates 35 years of disability rights law, policy, and advocacy with two of our most stalwart disability rights leaders:  U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin and U.S. Rep. George Miller. Help us honor our guests' long years of public service to our community, and explore with them how our movement can best advance their legacy and lessons. More Information

CAST for Kids Fishing Event
CAST for Kids, Let’s Move Outside
Saturday, September 13th; 8:00am – 2:00pm
Pleasure Cove Marina, 6005 Wragg Canyon Road, Napa, California 94885
This event is intended for children with disabilities or disadvantaged children to get the opportunity to experience the sport of fishing. Participants will get a rod and reel, tackle box, t-shirt, hat, plaque, prizes and lunch! More importantly they will get to go out on Lake Berryessa and learn how to fish. Lunch will follow for all participants, parents and volunteers. More Information

Project Leadership Series
Family Voices of CA
Two series: Thursdays (Sept 25 – Nov 6) OR Saturdays (Sept 27 – Nov 8); 9:30am – 1:30pm
Family Resource Network (Bananas Building), 5232 Claremont Ave, Oakland 94628
Are you the caregiver of a child with special health care needs (medical, physical, or mental health conditions)? Do you want to learn more about systems for children with special health care needs? Do you have ideas about how health services could be better? Apply now for Project Leadership, a FREE training series for families. $250 stipends for participants who complete all 7 sessions. FREE on-site childcare (limited space available) and lunch. More Information

1st Annual Mom’s Night Inn
California Hands & Voices
Saturday, October 4 – Sunday, October 5
Exceptional Parents Unlimited, 4440 North 1st Street, Fresno, CA 93726
Pampering, great food, inspirational speakers and networking… for women raising Deaf and Hard of Hearing  children! No childcare will be provided so that we can focus 100% on you, mom, and pamper you to the fullest! You deserve it after all you do! Space is limited to allow for intimate connections. Registration due Sept 1. More Information

Other Opportunities for Input

Feds Seek Comment On Subminimum Wage Plan
Disability Scoop
The Obama administration is moving forward with a plan to ensure that federal contract dollars no longer go toward paying workers with disabilities less than minimum wage. The Labor Department action this week opens Obama’s plan up for public comment through July 17.  More Information

StoryCorps Looks To Record Disability Experience
StoryCorps and Disability Visibility Project, via Disability Scoop
As the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act approaches next year, a new project is launching to encourage people within the disability community to share their stories… StoryCorps’ recording booth in San Francisco is making sessions available between July 10 and Dec. 13 specifically for members of the disability community to record their stories. More Information

CDE Survey: Partnering with Parents
California Department of Education - Special Education Division
The California Department of Education (CDE) Special Education Division (SED) is working with school districts and California Parent Organizations to gather information on how well parents think their child's school is partnering with parents of students with disabilities. This information will be helpful in determining potential content for parent/professional training. More Information

National Survey for Families
Early Intervention Family Alliance (EIFA)
Take part in this national survey that is aimed at hearing from families who have participated in Part C Early Intervention programs [in CA: 0-3 early intervention services through the regional center].  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? Online Research Study
University of Wisconsin- Madison
Do you ever wish research on the autism spectrum reflected YOUR attitudes, experiences, and opinions? You are invited to participate in an online research study about the experiences and attitudes of individuals on the autism spectrum. For 18-25 year olds with Asperger’s, Autism, or PDD-NOS. More Information

Reading in Preterm and Full Term Children
Stanford Children’s Health, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, Stanford Medicine
Do you have a six year old? Are you interested in how reading develops? We are conducting a longitudinal research study that uses psychological testing and advanced brain imaging technology to examine how reading skills develop in preterm and full-term children. Families with English speaking children aged 5 years and 10 months to 6 years and 8 months are invited to join the study! At age 6 and 8, there are one to two testing sessions and an MRI scan. At age 7, there is one testing session. Parents will receive an assessment on how their child performs on the tests. Children receive $10 per testing session, and $50 for the scan as well as a picture of their brain. If you are interested or would like to learn more about the study, please contact Vanessa Durand at 650-498-7690 or email at

Alternate Assessments Survey

Alternate Assessment Research Group (AARG)

The Alternate Assessment Research Group (AARG) would like to invite parents who have school-aged students in grades three through high school to participate in a survey regarding the alternate assessments administered by your state. The purpose of this survey is to learn about parents’ understanding and opinions regarding the education and assessment of their children who have significant cognitive disabilities.

To review and/or enter your responses to the survey, please go to this site:

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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