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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 or emailing 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)
August 4th; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
September 1st; 6:00pm - 8:00p-m


IEP English
August 11th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
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 with your contact information.


Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy
Thursday, June 30th, 2016; 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy is a training that helps parents build their advocacy skills to support their children in a non-adversarial manner.  We discuss the importance of building communication with professionals and being able problem solve in a variety of situations.  The workshop will also cover letter writing tips, email tips, documentation strategies as well as some pointers for in person communication.


7 Steps to Special Needs Peace of Mind
Saturday, August 13th; 8:30am - 12:30pm

Please join us for an exciting new workshop: The 7 Steps to Special Needs Peace of Mind. Realistic and achievable steps so you can worry less about your child’s care and future.
Be prepared: This is NOT your normal special needs workshop. Fast, informative, and fun – we guarantee that the 7 Steps Workshop will be unlike anything you’ve ever heard before. We’re simply going to turn your traditional special needs planning notions on their head.
Presemter: Michael Pearce, Special Needs Attorney


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


Finding Assets to Employment in Children 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



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
    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
    May 21st
    June 18th
  • Autism Support Group
    Fourth Tuesday of the month; 6:30pm - 8:15pm
    June 28th
    July 26th
    August 23rd
    September 23rd

  • Cantonese Speaking Parent Support Group
    Second Saturday of the month; 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    July 9th
    August 13th
    September 10th

  • Chinatown Child Development Center (CCDC) Group
    Third Monday of the month; 9:30am -12:00pm
    July 18th
    August 15th
    September 19th
    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 or 415-920-5040 for more information.

  • Parents of Transition Age Youth
    First Tuesday of the month; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    July 5th
    August 2nd
    September 6th
  • 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
    July 16th
    August 20th
    September 17th
  • Spanish Autism Parent Support Group
    Third Tuesday of the month; 6:30pm - 8:15pm
    August 16th
    September 19th

  • Spanish Down Syndrome Support Group
    First Tuesday of the month; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    July 5th
    August 2nd
    September 6th
  • Spanish Speaking Parent Support Group
    Second Wednesday of the month; 10:00am - 12:00pm
    July 13th
    August 10th
    September 14th
  • 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
    July 5th
    July 19th
    August 2nd
    August 16th
    September 6th
    September 20th
    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
    Thursdays 4:00pm

Special Events and More

Please join us for our Fall Gala!

Support for Families presents

Vintage Vegas

Friday, September 30
Follow this link for more information.


Events Sponsored by Other Organizations

Summer Events Calendar - Our Autism Specialist
June/July 2016
Students of all ages are welcome at most events, but we encourage you to be sure the event is appropriate for your child's age and interestes.  We also highly encourage siblings, cousins, and friends to join, as these activities are designed to be inclusive events.
More information

Webinar: Siblings as the Next Generation of Advocates
Thursday, June 30th; 10:00am
The evolution of the sibling relationship across the lifespan and generations, collective family empowerment and the importance of future planning, the changing landscape of disability programs and services with siblings as professionals, advocates, and caregivers.
More information

ABLE Account Seminar
Friday, July 8th; 9:00am - 12:00pm
ABLE accounts are tax advantaged savings accounts that allow eligible persons with disabilities to save up to $100,000 without risking federal disability benefits and up to $300,000 without risk to their Medi-Cal services.  Questions about ABLE?  RSVP for this seminar by emailing
More information

Sensory Friendly Movie: The Secret Life of Pets
Saturday, July 9
Join us at AMC Van Ness for a sensory friendly family film.  We'll turn the lights up and music down so you can dance, sing, walk around, and be yourself!
For more information, call (415) 674-4630


Habitot Summer Play Date
Wednesday, July 20 1:30pm - 4:30pm
A free playdate exclusively for children with special needs and their families.  Come play with our hands-on exhibits, explore the art studio, and enjoy family bonding.  Snacks, return visit pass, and children's book included!
More information


Web Course: Providing Quality Training
August 10-23
A 2-week course on strategies to provide effective training for youth and adults with learning challenges. This course is on-demand 24 hours a day during the August course access period.
More information

Walk for Children with Apraxia
Sunday, August 14th; 9:00am
More information

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.

Other Opportunities for Input

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 for more information.
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Spanish Flyer

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.
More information.

Dr. Terese Aceves from Loyola Marymount University invites you to complete a brief survey about your experience hiring a Special Education Advocate to assist you in any way. Your participation and response to the survey will be kept anonymous.
More information (English)
Mas informacion (Spanish)

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