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Upcoming Events

at Support for Families of Children with Disabilities

Clinics

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

Transition to Adulthood

March 26, 2015; 4:00pm - 6:00pm

IEP Cantonese(個別化教育計劃(IEP)諮詢會)

April 2, 6:00pm-8:00pm (new time)

IEP English

April 9, 4:00pm-6:00pm

IEP Spanish (Clínica Programa de Educación Individualizada (IEP) - Español)

April 16, 4:00pm-6:00pm

 


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

The ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Act and Planning for Your Loved One's Future

Saturday, April 11; 8:30am - 12:30pm
December 19, 2014, President Barack Obama signed into law the Achieving Better Life Expectancy (ABLE) Act. First introduced in 2006, and subsequent sessions of Congress, the ABLE Act will allow people with disabilities (with an age of onset up to 26 years old) and their families the opportunity to create a tax-exempt savings account that can be used for maintaining health, independence and quality of life. This workshop will cover the ABLE Act as well as other life planning options for your family member with special needs. Presenter: Stephen Dale, Attorney at Law, the Dale Law Firm

Introduction to Coding Using Scratch.MIT.Edu

Tuesday, April 14; 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Improving IEP Meeting Outcomes

Thursday, April 16; 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Self-Determination

Wednesday, May 6; 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Top Ten Mistakes for Parents to Avoid in the IEP Process

Saturday, May 9; 8:30am - 12:30pm
Have you ever been at an IEP meeting and wondered what your rights are? Have you ever worried that you are making mistakes when seeking services for your special needs child? If so, this presentation is for you. It will cover common mistakes made in the IEP and special education processes, as well as information that may not be readily available. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask an experienced special education attorney legal questions about the special education and IEP processes. The “Ask an Attorney” question and answer session will follow the presentation. Presenter: Peter Sturges, Attorney at Law, The Sturges Law Firm

Basic Sign Language: Improving Communication at an Early Stage

Wednesday, May 27; 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Music Therapy: Using Music to Enrich the Lives of Individuals with Special Needs

Saturday, June 13; 8:30am - 12:30pm
What is music therapy? How does music therapy help your child? Music therapy utilizes music interventions to help people achieve individualized goals and objectives within a therapeutic relationship. Music therapists use music to achieve non-musical goals such as increasing vocalizations, improving language development, improving social skills, improving fine/gross motor skills, increasing attention span, etc. Not only is music highly motivating in a child’s learning, the use of music has been shown to be effective through research studies. In this workshop, the presenters will explain how music therapy can be an effective tool to help your loved one achieve his or her goals as well as providing helpful tips that can be used at home. Presenters: Ian Wilkerson, MT-BC, NMT and Julia Beth Runkle, MT-BC, Founder/Music Therapist, Bay Area Music Therapy


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
  • Autism Support Group
    Fourth Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, March 24; 6:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Cantonese Speaking Parent Support Group
    Second Saturday of the month.
    Saturday, March 14; 1pm - 3pm
  • Dads Support Group
    Third Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, March 17; 6:00pm-7:30pm
  • Down Syndrome Support Group
    Second Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, March 10; 6:30pm-8:30pm
  • Prader Willi Support Group
    Quarterly on Saturdays.
    TBD
  • Peer Group for Children with Cerebral Palsy
    Fourth Tuesday of the month, concurrent with parent support group.
    Tuesday, March 24; 4:45pm - 6:45pm
  • Parents of Children with Cerebral Palsy
    Fourth Tuesday of the month, concurrent with children peer group.
    Tuesday, March 24; 4:45pm - 6:45pm
  • Parents of Transition Age Youth
    First Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, March 3; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Preemie Support Group
    Third Thursday of the month.
    Thursday, March 19; 7:00pm - 8:00pm
  • NEW: Sibling Recreational Group
    Kickoff: Saturday, April 18; 10:00am - 1:00pm
  • Spanish Speaking Parent Support Group
    Second Wednesday of the month.
    Wednesday, March 11; 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Tube Feeding Support Group
    Fourth Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, March 24; 7pm - 8:15pm
  • Tuesday Night Support Group
    Second and Fourth Tuesdays of the month.
    Tuesday, March 10; 6:45pm-8:30pm
    Tuesday, March 24; 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

Infant Massage Series

Thursdays starting April 9 through May 7; 11am - 12pm
Support for Families, 1663 Mission St 7th Flr, San Francisco
Infant massage is a fantastic way to connect with your baby! Studies have shown infant massage can help babies sleep better, gain weight, reduce fussiness, improve health and relax. This FREE 5-week series welcomes ALL infants birth to one year and their parents/caregivers. Each week we will be learning information and strokes that build on each other, so attendance at all sessions is ideal. Advance registration required. Space is limited. Call 415-920-5040 or email rhoffmann@supportforfamilies.org to sign up. April Series Flyer [pdf]

Movie Night: The Lego Movie

Friday, April 10; 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Support for Families, 1663 Mission St 7th Flr, San Francisco
APRIL THEME: Sports Team Day” - Represent your favorite sports team! Families are invited to watch a movie, munch on yummy snacks, and enjoy the playroom here at our main office. Held monthly on Fridays in January to June 2015 from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Call 415-920-5040 to register. Flyer: English, Spanish, Chinese [pdf]

Family Access Day at Aquarium of the Bay

Saturday, April 18; 8:30am - 10:30am
Support for Families, 1663 Mission St 7th Flr, San Francisco
Families of children with disabilities are invited to visit the Aquarium to explore cool exhibits, meet new friends, and enjoy breakfast snacks! Come early to the Aquarium with your family and friends and stay as long as you like! Arrive by 9am to participate in a fun otter activity; breakfast snacks will be available until 9:30am. Event is FREE and donations are welcome. Flyer [pdf]

NEW: Pilot Sibling Group Kickoff

Saturday, April 18; 10:00am - 1:00pm
Support for Families, 1663 Mission St 7th Floor, San Francisco
We are excited to announce the kickoff of a pilot sibling group for siblings ages 8 - 13 years old! This recreational group, based on the Sibshop model, will include crafts, games, and opportunities to discuss experiences with other siblings of children with disabilities or special health care needs. Since this is a pilot project for our agency, your participation and feedback will be very helpful. This group is planned to repeat monthly on Saturdays. Flyer [pdf]

Access to Adventure

Saturday, May 2; 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park
A festival of arts & recreation for families of kids with special needs. After taking a sabbatical in 2014, Access to Adventure is back! Join us to experience and explore: music, arts, sports, food, live entertainment, and other fun activities. All activities are accessible and the event is FREE (suggested donation $5/person). Presented in partnership by Support for Families and San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department. Flyer [pdf]

 


Community Advisory Committee for Special Education

Repeats every fourth Thursday of the month unless otherwise noted.

Coffee Time with SFUSD Special Education Administration

Thursday, March 26; 5:45-6:30pm

(CAC) Community Advisory Committee Meeting

Thursday, March 26; 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; 6:00pm doors open
1500 Howard St (at 11th St), San Francisco
More Information

Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program
Asian Neighborhood Design (AND)
Next Cycle Starts in March 2015, Orientations every Thursday at 10am
1245 Howard St, San Francisco
Asian Neighborhood Design (AND) is training and placing SF residents (men and women ages 18 and up) who are -- or have been -- homeless, dealing with criminal justice issues, in the process of getting their GED/diploma, addressing driver's license suspensions and/or who are in the foster care system to name a few barriers to employment. Please help us recruit a robust class dedicated to transforming their lives in the construction industry! More Information

The 8th Annual Developmental Disabilities Public Policy Conference
The Arc & UCP California Collaboration
Sunday, March 8 – Tuesday, March 10
Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza Hotel, 300 J Street, Sacramento CA
This annual conference includes national and statewide policy advocates and experts on services and systems for people with developmental disabilities and their families. More Information

2015 Health Summit & Legislative Day
Family Voices of CA

Monday, March 16 - Tuesday, March 17
Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza, 300 J Street, Sacramento
Each year, Family Voices of California hosts a statewide Health Summit and Legislative Day in Sacramento to bring together families, youth, providers, policymakers, advocates, state agencies, insurers, and other stakeholders to identify and address the health challenges that affect one of California’s most vulnerable populations: children and youth with special health care needs. Join us on March 16-17, 2015 to learn about pressing issues facing children and youth with special health care needs AND do something about it. Hear from experts, and build relationships with professionals and Legislators in the State Capitol. More Information

Special Needs Trusts Workshop
Dale Law Firm
March 18; 6:30pm – 8:00pm
The Dale Law Firm, 127 Aspen Drive Suite 100, Pacheco CA 94533
To register contact Shelley at shelley@dalelawfirm.com or 925-826-5585. This free presentation will discuss  how Special Needs Trusts can be established in order to protect and provide assistance to the disabled while protecting their financial interests and eligibility. 

Special Needs Trusts Workshop
Dale Law Firm
May 6; 6:30pm – 8:00pm
The Dale Law Firm, 127 Aspen Drive Suite 100, Pacheco CA 94533
To register contact Shelley at shelley@dalelawfirm.com or 925-826-5585. This free presentation will discuss  how Special Needs Trusts can be established in order to protect and provide assistance to the disabled while protecting their financial interests and eligibility. 

Special Needs Trusts with a Focus on Mental Illness
Dale Law Firm
June 17; 6:30pm – 8:00pm
The Dale Law Firm, 127 Aspen Drive Suite 100, Pacheco CA 94533
To register contact Shelley at shelley@dalelawfirm.com or 925-826-5585. This free presentation will discuss  how Special Needs Trusts can be established in order to protect and provide assistance to the disabled while protecting their financial interests and eligibility. 


Other Opportunities for Input

National Survey About Siblings of Individuals with Disabilities, their Support Needs, and their Families
More Information

Call for Entries: Art Slam 2015
Open House and Disability Arts Festival, de Young Museum, San Francisco
Art Slam 2015 is the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s seventh annual slide exhibition of works by artists with disabilities, developed in partnership with the Access Advisors of the Fine Arts Museums and community members. More Information

UCSF TARA Study seeks teens with depression or anxiety
UCSF
The UCSF TARA study is recruiting adolescents with symptoms of depression or anxiety. Participants will learn yoga, breathing, and meditation skills that can help them slow down, feel more safe and calm, regulate emotions, and improve attention and focus. Participants will continue their current mental health care while participating in the study and will also be paid $200 for 4 study assessment visits and 12 study classes over 6 months.  The study classes will start on January 15, 2015. If you would like more information about the study, please contact Vierka Goldman at GoldmanV@ocim.ucsf.edu or (415) 353-7561. 

Parent/Caregiver Survey about Children Mental Health Services
The National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health (FFCMH) & the REACH Institute
Please take 10 minutes to complete this anonymous survey. We will use the information we gather to develop strategies for helping families get the best mental health treatment for their children. We believe that parents need to be fully informed about the type of treatment their child is receiving so that they can make informed decisions on the effectiveness of that treatment. More Information

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

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
More Information


San Francisco Unified School District

Board of Education Meeting

When
Meetings are held every 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. All Regular and Committee meetings are open to the public.

Where
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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