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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, September 25


  • 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, October 11; 1:00pm - 3:00pm


  • 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

  • Reading Stories and More! Tips to Support Children’s Early Literacy
    Saturday, October 11; 8:30am - 12:30pm

8:30am: check-in, light breakfast served; 9am: workshop begins. This workshop will define early literacy and describe important skills children need in order to be ready to learn to read. We will discuss ways this development can be supported by families and caregivers including interactive book reading. The workshop will include videos, resources, and provide opportunities to try out different strategies! Please bring one of your favorite children’s picture books to the workshop. Presenter: Laura Epstein, Ph.D., Professor in Communicative Disorders, and Amber Friesen, Ph.D. , Professor in Early Childhood Special Education, San Francisco State University. Call 415-920-5040 to register


  • It's All About Relationships: Including Young Children with Special Needs
    Friday, October 17; 11:00am - 11:30am

Presented by SF Inclusion Networks, a program of Support for Families. This lively, interactive, half-day training is designed to deepen the knowledge and increase the skills of those caring for young children, birth to five, with and without disabilities and their families. Participants will learn strategies for building relationships and creating a positive emotional climate that promotes success for all children. FREE. Register


  • The Silent World: An Introduction to Deaf Culture
    Wednesday, October 22; 10:00am - 11:30am

In this workshop, you will learn how to better communicate in one-on-one situations and group environments that benefits deaf and hard of hearing clients and consumers. How much do you know about Cochlear Implants? Want to learn how to request Interpreters and CART services? This workshop will help you to understand more about deaf culture and how to communicate more efficiently with people who are deaf/hard of hearing. Presenter: Mary Garcia, freelance advocate for the deaf and hard of hearing community. 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, September 16; 6:00pm-7:30pm
  • Down Syndrome Support Group
    Second Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, October 14; 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, September 23, 2014; 4:45pm - 6:45pm
  • Parents of Children with Cerebral Palsy
    Fourth Tuesday of the month, concurrent with children peer group.
    Tuesday, September 23, 2014; 4:45pm - 6:45pm
  • Parents of Transition Age Youth
    First Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, October 7; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • NEW: Preemie Support Group
    Third Thursday of the month.
    Thursday, September 18; 7:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Spanish Speaking Parent Support Group
    Second Wednesday of the month.
    Wednesday, Octboer 8; 10am - 12pm
  • Tube Feeding Support Group
    Fourth Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, September 23; 7pm - 8:15pm
  • Tuesday Night Support Group
    Second and Fourth Tuesdays of the month.
    Tuesday, September 23; 6:45pm-8:30pm
    Tuesday, October 14; 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

  • 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.  To sign up, call 415-920-5040 or email Rion at Childcare not provided. Flyer [pdf]


  • 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 [FULL]
    Saturday, October 25, 2014; 5:30pm - 8:00pm
    Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39, San Francisco

    haunted aquarium halloween party

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. Currently full - please call 415-920-5040 to be put on the waitlist. Co-presented by Support for Families and Aquarium of the Bay. Flyer (English, Spanish, Chinese) [pdf]


  • Holiday Ice Skating Party
    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! Event is free for families of children with disabilities, with suggested donation of $10/person (includes entrance fee, skates, book and treats for each child). Due to limited space, this event is only for families of children with disabilities or special health care needs who have pre-registered. Call 415-920-5040 beginning November 3 to reserve space.

Community Advisory Committee for Special Education

Repeats every fourth Thursday of the month.

Coffee Time with SFUSD Special Education Administration
Thursday, September 25, 2014; 5:45-6:30pm

(CAC) Community Advisory Committee Meeting
Thursday, September 25, 2014; 6:30pm - 8:00pm


Events Sponsored by Other Organizations

We Gotta Dance! Dances for People with Disabilities
The Arc San Francisco
3rd Friday of the Month (Sept 19, Oct 17, Nov 21, Dec 18, Jan 16); 6:00pm doors open
1500 Howard St (at 11th St), San Francisco
$1 Admission.  Clients DJ the music, sell beverages and snacks (50 cents and up) and kick up their heels from 7:00pm-9:00pm in an accessible space with a professional sound system, a large dance floor and comfortable lounge area.  Easy drop-off and pick-up. (You must have transportation home – no transit provided by the Arc.) Family members are invited to the Family Coalition meeting. More Information

AXIS Dance Workshop Series
Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) and AXIS Dance
Sunday, September 21;  October 19th; November 23rd; January 18th | 11:30-12:30PM
The Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Hop, dance, wiggle, and move to the beat! AXIS Dance Company is now offering a series of drop-in creative dance workshops for children of all abilities at The CJM. Children will have the opportunity to explore movement in a structured environment with professional dancers with and without disabilities as role models. Children of all abilities are welcome.More Information

2nd Annual SFUSD Family Empowerment Conference
SFUSD, Office of Family & Community Engagement (Support for Families will be there!)
Saturday, September 27; 9:00am – 2:00pm
James Denman Middle School, 241 Oneida, San Francisco 94112
Workshops facilitated by SFUSD staff and community partners will explore and discuss successful models of support and collaboration with families. Resource Fair, free childcare, free interpretation, prizes! RSVP required. More Information

Golden Gate Self-Advocacy Conference
Golden Gate Regional Center
Tuesday, September 30; 9:30am – 3:00pm
Milton Marks Conference Center, 455 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco
A self-advocacy learning event for people with developmental disabilities, family members, social workers, service providers & other advocates. Register by September 19. More Information

“The (Progressive) Schools Our Children Deserve,” with Alfie Kohn
Fusion Academy
Wednesday, October 1, 2014; 7:00pm
Cowell Theatre, Fort Mason (Marina Blvd & Buchanan St), San Francisco CA 94123
Alfie Kohn, author and lecturer on education, parenting, and human behavior, will explain why progressive education isn't just a realistic alternative but one that's far more likely to help kids become critical thinkers and lifelong learners. Enter discount code SFPRO at the online checkout when you reserve your seats for up to 2 free tickets. 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

Yes on C
Coleman Advocates and Other SF Orgs
Join the campaign to reauthorize the Children’s Fund and the Public Education Enrichment Fund. Help us secure $125 million each year for San Francisco’s children and youth.  To get involved, please contact Chelsea Boilard: More Information

Your Calls to the Governor Can Turn Four Key Health Bills into Laws!
California Pan-Ethnic Health Network
We've reached the final stage of this legislative year and four bills that will improve the health of communities of color are on the Governor's desk waiting for his signature. 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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