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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

Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy

October 30, 4:00pm-6:00pm
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IEP Cantonese (個別化教育計劃(IEP)諮詢會)

November 6, 4:00pm-6:00pm
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IEP English

November 13, 4:00pm-6:00pm
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IEP Spanish (Clínica Programa de Educación Individualizada (IEP) - Español)

November 20, 4:00pm-6:00pm
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Transition to Adulthood

January 22, 2015; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
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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 FREE and located at Support for Families unless otherwise noted. FREE Childcare and interpretation (Spanish, Cantonese) services are available for most workshops, but ONLY with pre-registration. Register by calling 415-920-5040

iPads for Education and Communication

Saturday November 1; 10:00am-12:00pm
All about how the iPad can assist your child with communication and educational needs. After attending the workshop, you may be able to BORROW an iPad.
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Limited Conservatorship: Protecting Your Loved One with Developmental Disabilities

Tuesday November 4; 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Learn how a limited conservatorship can protect your loved one through his or her lifetime. This workshop will cover an overview of what conservatorship entails and the steps necessary to establish a conservatorship through the courts. 
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IEP Development and Dynamics: an In-Depth Review

Saturday November 8; 8:30am - 12:30pm
Training 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 and techniques. 
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Life Care Planning: It's More than a Special Needs Trust

Wednesday November 12; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Planning now for your child’s legal, financial and life care planning needs will not only protect your child’s future but give you peace of mind. Get a clear understanding of the Life Care planning process and how to avoid common mistakes parents often make.
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iPads para la Comunicación y la Educación (en ESPAÑOL)

miércoles 19 de octubre; 5:00pm-7:30pm
Cómo el iPad puede ayudar a su hijo con la comunicación y necesidades educativas. Después de asistir el taller, puede ser eligible para PRESTAR un iPad.
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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.
    Tuesday, October 28; 7:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Cantonese Speaking Parent Support Group
    Second Saturday of the month.
    Saturday, November 8; 1pm - 3pm
  • NEW: Dads Support Group
    Third Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, November 18; 6:00pm-7:30pm
  • Down Syndrome Support Group
    Second Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, November 11; 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, October 28, 2014; 4:45pm - 6:45pm
  • Parents of Children with Cerebral Palsy
    Fourth Tuesday of the month, concurrent with children peer group.
    Tuesday, October 28, 2014; 4:45pm - 6:45pm
  • Parents of Transition Age Youth
    First Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, November 4; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • NEW: Preemie Support Group
    Third Thursday of the month.
    Thursday, November 20; 7:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Spanish Speaking Parent Support Group
    Second Wednesday of the month.
    Wednesday, November 12; 10am - 12pm
  • Tube Feeding Support Group
    Fourth Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, October 28; 7pm - 8:15pm
  • Tuesday Night Support Group
    Second and Fourth Tuesdays of the month.
    Tuesday, October 28; 6:45pm-8:30pm
    Tuesday, November 11; 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

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! Flyer (English, Spanish, Cantonese) [pdf] 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, January 22, 2015; 5:45-6:30pm

(CAC) Community Advisory Committee Meeting

Thursday, January 22, 2015; 6:30pm - 8:00pm


Events Sponsored by Other Organizations

[WEBINAR] Our Children Eat Differently: Raising a Child with a Feeding Tube
Family Voices of CA
Wednesday October 29; 12pm – 1pm
FREE. History of feeding tubes, pros and cons of different feeding tubes, parent perspectives, resources, and more. More Information

Social Superheroes
Our Autism Specialist, LLC, in partnership with Open Mind Center for Brain and Behavior and Connected Kidz
Saturdays, November 1 – December 6; 2:00pm – 3:30pm
2398 Pine St, San Francisco
This group is designed to support social, imagination, cooperation, and play skills for children with Autism and related challenges. We will pretend to be superheroes while we learn to play collaboratively with a small group of peers. Fee-based. More Information

[WEBINAR] Restorative Justice Practice in Special Education: Resolving Conflict and Promoting Equity for Students with Disabilities
National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE)
Thursday November 6; 11:30am – 12:45pm
Brief overview of the history and use of restorative justice practices to resolve conflict, description of the use of restorative practices in public education, with a spotlight on promising initiatives around the nation, and more. More Information

“I Have Learned Not to Take No for An Answer!” Advocacy Journeys in Parents of Kids with Special Needs
Ala Costa Centers Lecture Series
Thursday November 6th; 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Littlejohn Park, 1401 Pacific Ave, Alameda Ave 94501
Learn about how parents advocate for their children with special needs over the years. More Information

Attachment Parenting (Part 1)
Adopt a Special Kid
Friday, November 7; 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Our Family Office, 1385 Mission St, Ste 340, San Francisco
This workshop will focus on parenting children who have very early breaks in attachment; focusing on specific symptoms that often arise, and offering practical suggestions about how to help a child develop a core sense of self. To RSVP for any workshop please contact 510-459-4069.

We Gotta Dance! Dances for People with Disabilities
The Arc San Francisco
3rd Friday of the Month (Nov 21, Dec 18, Jan 16); 6:00pm doors open
1500 Howard St (at 11th St), San Francisco
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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.  More Information

TARA Study: Training of Attention and Emotion Regulation in Adolescents with Depression
UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
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Stanford Study on Severe Problem Behavior
The Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR), Stanford University
The study will evaluate how environmental and biological factors affect the display of severe problem behavior in adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Eligible participants will travel to Stanford for a comprehensive behavioral assessment.  All travel arrangements and expenses will be provided free of charge.  Families will also receive a report summarizing the results of the assessment and a $100 honorarium. More Information

University Student Seeking Interview Participants
University of San Francisco (USF)
USF student is seeking interview participants for her senior thesis project who are: African American, A parent or guardian of a child diagnosed on the autism spectrum, English Speaking, Willing to talk about their, their child’s, and their family’s experiences. Contact Emma Zirkler at or (425) 677-5314.

Free Advocacy Classes/Group for Youth with Disabilities: Young Independent People (YIP)
Center for Independent Living
1st and 3rd Mondays of the month; 4:00pm – 6:00pm
CIL, 3075 Adeline St, Ste 100, Berkeley CA (near Ashby BART station)
Take action on issues that affect youth with disabilities! Meet other young people with disabilities, speak confidently about the issues that matter to you, learn to organize peers and other community members, and find your voice, be heard, and influence policymakers. Call (510) 841-4776 ext. 3133 for more information.

CDE Survey: Partnering with Parents
California Department of Education - Special Education Division
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National Survey for Families
Early Intervention Family Alliance (EIFA)
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? Research Study
University of Wisconsin- Madison
For 18-25 year olds with Asperger’s, Autism, or PDD-NOS. More Information

Alternate Assessments Survey
Alternate Assessment Research Group (AARG)
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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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