Upcoming Eventsat Support for Families of Children with Disabilities
- Parent/Professional Workshops
- Support Groups
- Special Events
- Community Advisory Committee for Special Education (CAC)
- Events by Other Organizations
- Opportunities for Input
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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 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information.
IEP Clinic Description: Learn about Special Education law, the IEP process, what to do when things aren't working, and how to become a more active and effective team member. Bring your questions and real life issues! Chinese: 1st Thursday; English: 2nd Thursday; Spanish: 3rd Thursday.
Transition to Adulthood Clinic Description: Successfully navigate the transition from school to adulthood. Learn how to navigate special education transition services and how to effectively participate in the development of your child's transition plan. Appropriate for parents of children 12+. 4th Thursday of the month.
iPads for Communication Clinic Description:
Offered in English, Spanish, and Cantonese. Learn about using the iPad as an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device. iPad operation and features will be covered, as well as communication apps and how AAC devices and services fit into the IEP process. Afterward, you may be able to borrow an iPad from our lending library. Chinese: Saturday; English: Saturday; Spanish: 3rd Wednesday.
IEP Cantonese (個別化教育計劃（IEP）諮詢會)
January 5th; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
February 2nd; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
March 2nd; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
January 12th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
February 9th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
March 9th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
IEP Spanish (Clínica Programa de Educación Individualizada (IEP) - Español)
January 19th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
February 16th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
March 16th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Transition to Adulthood
January 26th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
February 23rd; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
March 23rd; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
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.
PPWs are FREE. Childcare and interpretation (Spanish, Cantonese) services are available for most workshops, but ONLY with pre-registration. Register by calling 415-920-5040 or emailing email@example.com with your contact information.
Medical Cannabis Treatment – What You Need to Know
Tuesday, January 10th; 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Dr. Jacobson will explain what medical cannabis is, how to evaluate preparations of medical cannabis, what pitfalls to be aware of and important factors to consider when deciding whether to experiment with medical cannabis treatment. Her presentation will focus on issues important to improving patients’ quality of life while providing a clear understanding of the risks inherent in a treatment that is not yet backed by scientific research.
Presenter: Dr. Catherine Jacobsen
Immigrant Rights and Fears of Deportation
Thursday, January 19th; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
President-elect Trump has threatened to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, build a wall along the southern border, terminate the DACA program for Dreamers, and ban Syrian refugees and Muslims from entering the United States. The workshop will explore whether any of these threats are likely and what communities can do to prepare for stepped up immigration enforcement.
Presenter: Bill Ong Hing
It's All in the Family: The Role of Family Dynamics in Supporting Attention and Learning Challenges
Saturday, February 11th; 8:30am - 12:30pm
Parents, brothers, and sisters know all too well the impact
on them when a family member has ADHD and/or learning
diff erences. In this workshop, we will discuss the diff erent
feelings, struggles, and family dynamics that often develop
and ways that families cope. Our goal is to provide participants
with an alternative perspective on the challenges they
experience and suggestions on how to help support their
family in overcoming these challenges.
Presenters: Ethan Ornstein, LCSW; Andrea Samuels, Ph.D.
Special Education: The IEP Process and Development
Thursday, February 23rd; 6:30pm - 8:15pm
Pilar Gonzalez will provide an introduction to special education.
We will discuss family’s and student’s rights in special
education, as well as the IEP process and tips on how to
develop a successful IEP for your child.
Presenter: Pilar Gonzalez
Oral Health Screeenings
Saturday, March 18th; Time TBD
UCSF student dentists and professors are excited to off er
free dental screenings and fl uoride treatment for children
at Support For Families. This includes a short visual exam to
identify any trouble spots in the gums, teeth, and mouth.
In addition, free fl uoride treatment to strengthen teeth
and prevent cavities. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS
Cantonese-Speaking Parents Support Group
Meets 2nd Saturday of the month,
1:00pm - 3:00pm.
Chinatown Child Development Center (CCDC) Group
For Cantonese-speaking families of children with special needs.
Meets at the CCDC on the 3rd Monday of the month, 9:30am - 12:00pm.
Living with Loss: Loss, Hope and Healing
A group for parents/caretakers of medically fragile children and children facing life threatening illness.
Call 415-920-5040 for dates.
Meets quarterly on Saturdays.
Call 415-920-5040 for dates.
Spanish-Speaking Down Syndrome Parent Support Group
Meets 1st Tuesday of the month,
6:00pm - 8:00pm.
Spanish-Speaking Parent Support Group
Meets 2nd Wednesday of the month,
10:00am - 12:00pm.
Parents of Transition Age Youth
Currently focusing on issues related to housing.
Meets 1st Tuesday of the month, 6:15pm - 8:15pm.
Tuesday Night Group
A group for parents who have children with disabilities or special health care
Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, 6:45pm - 8:30pm.
UCSF Inpatient Parent Support Group
Meets every Thursday, 4:00pm - 5:30pm.
GROUPS FOR YOUTH
Asian & Pacifi c Islander Disabilities Group for Youth 18-30
Meets 1st Thursday of the month, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Conversation Club for AAC Users
Meets at the Noe Valley Public Library Meeting Room
every Monday, 4:30pm - 5:30pm.
Transition AAC Group
Meets every Monday, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Young AAC Kids Conversation Club
Meets 2nd Wednesday of the month, 3:30pm - 4:30pm.
"Sibshop" Sibling Group - Currently on Hold
A recreational group for siblings of children with disabilities or special health
Special Events and More
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 . (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.
Daniel Fenton, PhD clinical psychology candidate, wrote a handbook for Spanish speaking parents to maximize and enjoy their free time as much as possible in the form of Respite Care. Mr. Fenton is looking for Spanish Speaking families to take home a handbook and give him their feedback after looking it over. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Arts and Disability Center warmly invite you to be part of the Careers in the Arts Online Dialogue. Please join this online conversation and share your ideas on the how to increase career preparation and employment of people with disabilities in the arts.
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Support for Families strives to present families and professionals with a wide range of views and options in its materials and trainings. The materials and trainings are not necessarily comprehensive, are not meant to be exhaustive, nor are they an endorsement of the author and/or presenter. If you would like to offer feedback or if you know of additional resources, speakers and/or materials that may be helpful, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.