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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)
May 5th; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
June 2nd; 6:00pm - 8:00pm


IEP English
May 12th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
June 9th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm


IEP Spanish (Clínica Programa de Educación Individualizada (IEP) - Español)
May 19th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
June 16th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm


Transition to Adulthood
May 26th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
June 23rd; 4:00pm - 6:00pm


iPads for Communication English
May 5th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
May 21st; 1:00pm - 3:00pm
June 2nd; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
June 18th; 1:00pm - 3:00pm


iPads for Communication Spanish
May 4th; 10:00am - 12:00pm
May 18th; 5:30am - 7:30pm
June 1st; 10:00am - 12:00pm

iPads for Communication Cantonese
May 28th; 9:00am - 11:00am
June 18th; 9:00am - 11:00am

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.

"Using Special Needs Trusts as an Advocacy Tool" and "The ABLE ACT: Where do we go from here?"
Saturday, May 14, 2016; 9:00am - 12:30pm

This 2 part presentation will first start with a session that will discuss developing a Special Needs Trust that will not only provide for long term care for a person with a disability, but also focus on maximizing quality of life. You will learn what to do to prepare for writing a Special Needs Trust. We will also go through a simple 4-step process that will ensure you have a document that will address all the issues and decisions that must be made in providing for your loved one with a disability. After a short break, the presenter will switch gears and provide an additional\ session on the ABLE Act. This session will discuss the recently passed ABLE Act legislation in California and how it can be used to help people with disabilities have more financial options and more control over their lives. Through case study illustrations, participants will learn exactly what is involved with an ABLE account and walk away with an in depth knowledge that will help them determine whether it is the right tool for their needs.
Presenter: Stephen W. Dale, principal attorney at the Dale Law Firm


Other Workshops

Disaster Preparedness Series
311 Appls and Info Integration
Sunday, May 15th, 2016; 1:30pm - 3:00pm

This series of five Disaster Preparedness Workshops presented by UCSF Students and the SF Department of Public Health. Come learn important skills that are often overlooked until they are needed the most. Childcare is available for those who pre-register, and families will go home with supplies necessary for disaster preparedness. Please spread the word to families you work with who may be interested in this event.
Presenters: UCSF graduate students in conjunction with SF Dept. of Public Health

Oral Health for Special Health Care Needs
Thursday, May 19th; 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Healthy mouth and teeth are an important part of overall health. Learn how to teach your child proper oral hygiene that can help them develop lifelong habits. This workshop will cover the importance of dental health, oral hygiene tips, and finding a dental provider that suits your needs
Presenter: Irene Louie, second year dental student at UCSF School of Dentistry, co-outreach coordinator for Developmental Disabilities in Pediatric Dentistry at UCSF

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.


Parent Trainings


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.
    Saturday, May 21st; 11:30am - 12:20pm
    Saturday, June 18th; 11:30am - 12:20pm
  • Autism Support Group
    Fourth Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, May 24th; 6:30pm - 8:15pm
    Tuesday, June 28th; 6:30pm - 8:15pm

  • Cantonese Speaking Parent Support Group
    Second Saturday of the month.
    Saturday, May 14th; 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Saturday, June 11th; 1:00pm - 3:00pm

  • Chinatown Child Development Center (CCDC) Group
    Third Monday of the month.
    Monday, May 16th; 9:30am - 12:00pm
    Monday, June 20th; 9:30am - 12:00p
    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.
    Tuesday, May 3rd; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, June 7th; 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.
    Saturday, May 21st; 10:00am - 1:00pm
    Saturday, June 18th; 10:00am - 1:00pm
  • Spanish Autism Parent Support Group
    Third Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, May 17th; 6:30pm - 8:15pm
    Tuesday, June 21st; 6:30pm - 8:15pm

  • Spanish Down Syndrome Support Group
    First Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, May 3rd; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, June 7th; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Spanish Speaking Parent Support Group
    Second Wednesday of the month.
    Wednesday, May 11th; 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Wednesday, June 8th; 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
    Tuesday, May 3rd; 6:45pm-8:30pm
    Tuesday, May 17th; 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
    Thursdays 4:00pm

Family Special Events and More


Saturday, May 7th; 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Golden Gate Park Music Concourse

Save the date for our annual festival of arts and leisure.
Explore arts, music, sports, live entertainment, and other fun activities!

All activities are accessible!

Click here to register!
or call 415-920-5040

Friday, May 20th, 2016; 5:30pm - Minions

Come watch a family friendly movie, munch on yummy snacks, and enjoy the playroom in a low-key, inclusive environment. Movie Nights are held monthly on Fridays in the Winter/Spring. FREE.

Please call 415-920-5040 to register.

English, Spanish, Chinese Flyer PDF


Play - Learn - Connect!: A playgroup for caregivers and their babies/toddlers 0-3

Mondays; 10:30am - 12:00noon
5-week group: 4/25; 5/2; 5/9; 5/16; 5/23

This group will give parents/caregivers an opportunity to step out of busy daily routines,
to play and learn with their children ages 0 to 3. It is an opportunity for you to meet with other families, to explore and discuss what our children tell us through play. We will watch together, be curious together, and we will learn about areas of children's social/emotional development and consider possible meanings of behavior. Every child is different! Caregivers and their typically

English Flyer PDF
Spanish Flyer PDF





Events Sponsored by Other Organizations

Pomeroy Recreation & Rehabilitation Center Summer Programs
Summer 2016
Pomeroy is hosting several summer camps for children with disabilities this summer, and registration is open now!  Occupational therapy and Saturday programs available as well.
More information

Camping Unlimited: Camp Krem
Summer 2016
An inclusive summer camp for children with disabilities, Camp Krem is offering several camps this summer, including Travel Camp and Outdoor Adventure Camp
More information

Oakland Athletics Autism Speaks Special Tcket Offer
Supporters of Autism Speaks and autism awareness, and their friends and families, can purchase Plaza Outfield seats for only $20 when the A's play the Houston Astros on Saturday, April 30.
More information

Bay Area Canoemobile Reception
Saturday, April 23rd; 11:00am - 3:00pm
In partnership with SF Recreation & Parks, people will be able to paddle in canoes and try a variety of other outdoor activities.  Come and go as you please.
More information 

Learn to Assist Families in Accessing Autism Treatments through Medi-Cal
Tuesday, April 26th; 9:00am - 12:00pm
Autism Health Insurance Project is offering a train-the-trainer seminar, so that you can help the families you work with.
More information, English
More information, Spanish

Free Webinar: The Rules of Sex for People with Developmental Disabilities
Thursday, April 28th; 10:00am
In this webinar, Dr. Nora Baladerian, Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in sexuality and people with developmental disabilities, and author, will discuss the dos and don'ts of having sex, different kinds of sexuality, possible outcomes of having sex, and when, where, and with whom it's OK to have sex.
More information

Spiral Up: Empowerment Group
4 live workshops, beginning May 7th
Support skills for parents with special needs.  This is the place parents go to explore, learn, and build upon their already existing inner support skills to lead more fully empowered and joyful lives as parents of children with special needs.
More information

Catch a Special Thrill at Lake Berryessa!
Saturday, May 14th; 8:00am - 2:00pm
Come to Lake Berryessa and enjoy a fun, free day of fishing, boating, food, and prizes!
More information

24th Annual Epilepsy Awareness Stroll
Saturday, May 21st; 8:00am - 1:00pm
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, CA
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

Jameson K. Hirsch, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist at East Tennessee State University (ETSU), and Jon R. Webb, Ph.D., who is the parent of a child with Down syndrome, have received approval from the university Institutional Review Board to learn more about the experiences of parents of children with special needs, how they cope with daily life stressors, and what the effects of care-giving might have on their physical and emotional health.
Click below for an opportunity to participate in a Research Study focused on you as a Parent of a child(ren) with special needs and how you handle your everyday stressors.
Take the Survey!

The Family Empowerment and Disability Council invites you to respond to an annual evaluation survey on family empowerment center (FEC) activities.
FECs are funded by the California Department of Education to provide services to families with children with disabilities who are between the ages of 3 and 22 to ensure that parents, guardians, and families or children and young adults with disabilities have access to accurate information, specialized training, and peer-to-peer support.  This survey asks questions about information, training, and support that you have received from your family empowerment center.
Click Here for English Survey
Click Here for Spanish Survey
Click Here for Chinese Survey


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