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.
THERE ARE NO CLINICS DURING THE MONTH OF JULY - CHECK OUR FALL DATES BELOW!
IEP Cantonese (個別化教育計劃（IEP）諮詢會)
September 1st; 6:00pm - 8:00p-m
September 8th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
IEP Spanish (Clínica Programa de Educación Individualizada (IEP) - Español)
August 18th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
September 15th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Transition to Adulthood
August 25th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
September 22nd; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
iPads for Communication English
iPads for Communication Spanish
iPads for Communication Cantonese
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.
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.
IEP Develpment & Dynamics: Make Sure Your Voice is Heard
Saturday, September 10th; 8:30am - 12:30pm
The purpose of this training is to provide parents and professionals with the information needed to advocate for the special education programs and services for their children with disabilities or the children they serve through the Individual Education Program (IEP) process. Training topics will include: basic special education rights, referral procedures for special education assessment including the SST process, and parent rights in the IEP process with a special list of helpful IEP and advocacy hints outlining effective advocacy techniques.
Presenter: Joe Feldman
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How to Get Kids to Do Their Homework
Tuesday, September 13th; 6:00pm
Exploring the issues affecting homework completion among kids, including motivation, difficulty, and preparing for tests. We will analyze the root causes of these issues, and present simple strategies to fix them. We will also discuss helpful accommodations for Special Needs kids, and how to get teachers to honor them.
Presenter: Joseph Trum
Finding Assets to Employment in Children & Youth with Disabilities
Thursday, September 29th; 9:00am - 12:00pm
Many times we focus on the disability of the young person and miss opportunities to point out their hidden assets to employment. Young people with disabilities themselves often feel like they have nothing going for them and that certainly they will not be able to become employed. Hidden assets can be found in interests, abilities, beliefs, values, in the disability and in other parts of the young person's life. When these assets are brought to the surface and discussed, it makes it possible for a young person to become more confident about being successful in the world of work. In young children connecting their positive attributes to the world of work can be an incredibly powerful way to open the conversation about employment in an age appropriate way. The Digging for Gold Process transforms the focus on limitations and shifts it to a focus on vocational ability and potential! Do not miss this training if you want to build the belief in employability and having a place in the labor market!
Presenter: Larry Robbin
Managing Big Behaviors - Tools for the Whole Family
POSTPONED - Check back soon for new date
This workshop is designed to help you and your whole family with those “big behaviors”. Come and learn unique tools and strategies that your whole family can use to prevent, flow through, and grow out of those big behaviors and into more manageable ones. Leave this workshop prepared to implement new habits and routines that work and experience more ease and connection as a family.
Presenter: EJ Drevno
- Conversation Club for AAC Users
Every Monday of the month
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Location: Noe Valley Public Library Meeting Room, 451 Jersey St, SF
- Young AAC Kids Conversation Club
One Saturday of the month; 11:30am -12:20pm
- Autism Support Group
Fourth Tuesday of the month; 6:30pm - 8:15pm
- Cantonese Speaking Parent Support Group
Second Saturday of the month; 1:00pm - 3:00pm
- Chinatown Child Development Center (CCDC) Group
Third Monday of the month; 9:30am -12:00pm
Location: Chinatown Child Development Center, San Francisco
- Living with Loss: Loss, Hope and Healing
A group for parents and caretakers of medically fragile children and children facing life threatening illness. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-920-5040 for more information.
- Parents of Transition Age Youth
First Tuesday of the month; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
- Prader Willi Support Group
Quarterly on Saturdays. Call 415-920-5040 for more information.
- Sibling Support Group
Third Saturday of the month; 10:00am - 1:00pm
- Spanish Autism Parent Support Group
Third Tuesday of the month; 6:30pm - 8:15pm
- Spanish Down Syndrome Support Group
First Tuesday of the month; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
- Spanish Speaking Parent Support Group
Second Wednesday of the month; 10:00am - 12:00pm
- Tuesday Night Support Group
Beginning May 3rd, Tuesday Night Support Group will meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month; 6:45pm - 8:30pm
For Parents of Infants & Young Children with special health care needs and/or developmental disorders. Bi-weekly meetings provide a means for parents to benefit from one another’s experience and exchange valuable information.
- UCSF Inpatient Parent Support Group
Special Events and More
Please join us for our Fall Gala!
Support for Families presents
Friday, September 30
Follow this link for more information.
Free Workshop for Parents of Children on the Autism Spectrum
Bayview YMCA Family Resource Center's 6th Annual Back to School Fair
First 200 kids (K-12th) will receive school supplies!
Yoga Education for Autism Spectrum Workshop
Web Course: Providing Quality Training
Webinar: Strengthening Families through Suportive Housing
Walk for Children with Apraxia
City College of SF: Mission Center Orientation
2 FREE Workshops: Verbal Behavior Workshop: What is the Verbal Behavior approach? &
Learn about Verbal Behavior Therapy, its parallels with Applied Behavior Analysis, and how it motivates children to understand why we use words and how to communicate ideas.
San Francisco Zoo Overnight for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children Ages 6-13
2016 Long-Term Services and Supports Summit
Registration is free but space is limited. Register now! Participants will hear from national and state policy leaders and network with consumers, providers, advocates, researchers, and other stakeholders.
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.