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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: 8/14/14
IEP Clinics - Spanish: 8/21/14
IEP Clinics - Cantonese: 8/7/14


  • 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):


  • 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): 


  • iPads for 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.

Dates (monthly on Saturdays unless otherwise noted)


  • iPads for Communication (SPANISH)

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, así como habilidades de los padres incorporen el iPad en su hijo rutina de la comunicación diaria. Después de asistir el taller, puede ser eligible para PRESTAR un iPad.

Dates (monthly on Saturdays unless otherwise noted)

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 ASQ-3: Understanding the Tool
    English: Sat, August 2; 8:30am - 12:30pm
    Spanish: Sat, August 16; 8:30am - 12:30pm
    Mandarin: Sat, August 16; 8:30am - 12:30pm

Presented by SF Inclusion Networks, a program of Support for Families.  A Workshop for Providers Caring for Young Children Birth to Five in San Francisco. Learn about the importance and value of developmental screening, how to give and score the ASQ-3, to identify strategies to involve families in the screening, and how to include the ASQ-3  as part of the services you provide. Click here to register


  • Solving the Relationship Puzzle: Empowering Families through the Relationship Development Intervention (RDI®) Program
    Saturday, August 9; 8:30am - 12:30pm

    The CATCH Clinic invites you to attend an introductory seminar on the Relationship Development Intervention® (RDI®) program. Often described as “the missing piece of the puzzle” in the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders, RDI® is a cognitivedevelopmental treatment program that teaches parents how to guide their child to seek out and succeed in truly reciprocal relationships, while addressing key core issues such as motivation, communication, emotional regulation, episodic memory, rapid attention-shifting, self awareness, appraisal, executive functioning, flexible thinking and creative problem solving. Call 415-920-5040 to register.


  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) / Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Workshop
    Tuesday, August 12; 5:00pm - 6:30pm

    This workshop will provide general information about eligibility and maintaining benefits for SSI and SSDI.  It will include information about child's SSI, age 18 redeterminations, and disabled adult children receiving SSDI under someone else's account (i.e., deceased, disabled, or retired parent). Presented by the People with Disabilities Foundation (PWDF). Call 415-920-5040 to register.


  • Reasonable Accomodations in Housing
    Thursday, August 21; 2:00pm - 4:00pm

    This workshop will cover housing issues for people with psychiatric and/or developmental disabilities. The presentation will address the current status of the law and reasonable accommodations. The purpose of the workshop is to offer public awareness and education to landlords, tenants, and other interested parties with respect to housing. Presented by the People with Disabilities Foundation (PWDF). Call 415-920-5040 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.


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, August 9; 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, August 12; 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, July 22, 2014; 4:45pm - 6:45pm
  • Parents of Children with Cerebral Palsy
    Fourth Tuesday of the month, concurrent with children peer group.
    Tuesday, July 22, 2014; 4:45pm - 6:45pm
  • Parents of Transition Age Youth
    First Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, August 5; 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, August 13; 10am - 12pm
  • Tube Feeding Support Group
    Fourth Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, July 22; 7pm - 8:15pm
  • Tuesday Night Support Group
    Second and Fourth Tuesdays of the month.
    Tuesday, July 22; 6:45pm-8:30pm
    Tuesday, August 12; 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

  • Patxi's Pizza Noe Valley Fundraiser
    Wednesday, August 13, 2014; All Day
    Patxi's Noe Valley, 4042 24th St., San Francisco 94114

Let's fundraise over pizza, salads, and more! On August 13th, Patxi's Pizza Noe Valley will donate 10% of the entire day's sales to Support for Families. Please support us by dining at Patxi's or placing a to-go, delivery, or catering order (T: 415-285-2000) on our fundraising day. THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!


  • Family Access Day at the de Young Museum: Gallery Tour and Art Workshop
    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 (English) [pdf]


  • SAVE THE DATE: 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


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

Film Group for Adults (18+), Photography/Art Group (8-17 years old) this Summer
Autism Social Connection (ASC)
Weekly. Film Group: Thursdays, 4-6pm; Photography/Art Group: Fridays, 4pm – 6pm
550 Washington St, Daly City, CA 94015
ASC is opening a film group for adults with HFA and photography/art group for kids with more mild to severe autism. The new location is in Daly City, closer to SF, and walking distance to Bart. More Information

BAADS and Treasure Island Sailing Center Co-Able Summer Program
Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailor (BAADS) and Treasure Island Sailing Center
Week 3L August 4 to August 8 (Ages 12 to 18)
Pier 40, the Embarcadero at the BAADS Dock; Sailing will take place in McCovey Cove
The goal of the program is to combine students with disabilities and able bodied students in such a manner that they will encourage and assist each other to become independent sailors. Ideally we would like students with physical disabilities to ask an able bodied friend to accompany them. More Information

Raft the South Fork American and Other Trips this Summer and Fall
Environmental Traveling Companions
August 9-10 & 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

SILC Quarterly Meeting
State Independent Living Council (SILC)
August 14-15, 2014
Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA 94703

We will be discussing: Transportation issues locally and nationally impact people with disabilities; World Institue on Disability CareerACCESS proposal to reform SSI; strategizing the upcoming statewide needs assessment regarding the unmet indepnedent living needs for Californians with disabilities. Public input is helpful. More Information

Project Leadership
Family Voices of California
Two series: Thursdays starting Sept 25, or Saturdays starting Sept 27
Family Resource Network (Bananas Bldg): 5232 Claremont Ave., Oakland 94618
FVCA Project Leadership will prepare families with the skills and tools needed to partner and engage in all levels of public advocacy on behalf of children with special health care needs.  The Project Leadership curriculum introduces parents/caregivers to the nuts and bolts of advocacy in a seven session (4 hours each) training series. 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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