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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

Get Organized - CANCELLED

January 29, 2015; 4:00pm - 6:00pm

IEP Cantonese(個別化教育計劃(IEP)諮詢會)

February 5, 6:00pm-8:00pm (new time)

IEP English

February 12, 4:00pm-6:00pm

Transition to Adulthood

February 26, 2015; 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

Universal Design for Learning: Creating Environments Where Everyone Belongs

Friday January 30, 2015; 11:00am - 3:30pm
Presented by SF Inclusion Networks, a program of Support for Families. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach that supports the diversity of children in Early Childhood settings to access, engage, participate, and express themselves in all learning opportunities. Audience: Early Care & Education Community in SF. Click here to register

Regional Center Fair Hearings: Improving Your Chance for Successful Outcomes

Wednesday February 4, 2015; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
When an individual is denied regional eligibility or services, fair hearings are an important step in the appeal process. This training will focus on how to prepare for a fair hearing to maximize your success, and will discuss common mistakes to avoid. Speaker: Katie Hornberger, Esq., Director, Office of Clients' Rights Advocacy, Disability Rights California Flyer (English, Spanish, Chinese) [pdf]

Ages & Stages Questionnaire: Social-Emotional Workshop

Saturday February 7, 2015; 8:30am - 1:00pm
Presented by SF Inclusion Networks, a program of Support for Families. Learn to identify behaviors of concern with this social-emotional screener for young children. Early identification of social-emotional problems is crucial, as more and more children are experiencing poverty and other risk factors for depression, anxiety, and antisocial behavior. Audience: Early Care & Education Community in SF. Click here to register

How to Obtain Autism Services from Medi-Cal: Speech, OT, ABA and More!

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 & Wednesday April 15, 2015; 5:00pm - 8:00pm (2 part series)
Families on Medi-Cal looking to obtain ABA, speech, OT, or other services for their child with autism should come to this two-part workshop. At the first workshop, families will learn what services their child is entitled to under Medi-Cal. Be prepared to leave the first workshop with a homework assignment to request services! The second workshop will be a follow up "clinic" two months later. Families will make appointments and bring any responses they received from their health plan in response to their request for services. We will write appeals together onsite, and assist in any follow-up needed so that your child obtains the services he/she needs. Presenters: Karen Fessel, Executive Director/Founder & Cecily Ruttenberg, Assistant Director, Autism Health Insurance Project Flyer (English, Spanish, Chinese) [pdf]

Summer for All: Planning a Successful Summer Program

Saturday February 14, 2015; 8:30am - 12:30pm
What, planning for summer already? Yes! Did you know that many summer camp application deadlines are in March? Join us for an overview of what families and caregivers should consider when planning for their child's summer. What options are out there? What are the accommodations and modifications that can be made for your child? This workshop will also include a panel of several summer camps and summer services representatives, who will share their programs' requirements, deadlines and application tips. Presenter: Felix Lopez, SFCD Education Coordinator, and various representatives from summer programs

Make Your Worrier a Warrior - CANCELLED

Thursday February 19, 2015; 6:00pm - 7:30pm (listed incorrectly in newsleter as February 17)
Make Your Worrier a Warrior provides useful and comforting methods that parents can use to help their children create an anxiety-reducing “toolbox” to carry with them wherever they go. In building this foundation for their children, parents might even find that these strategies will work just as effectively to manage their own anxieties. Presenter: Dr. Dan Peters, Ph.D

Information & Resource Conference

Saturday, March 21, 2015; 8:30am - 3:30pm
Workshops, exhibitor resource fair, and more. Registration opens February 9. More Information

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
  • Cantonese Speaking Parent Support Group
    Second Saturday of the month.
    Saturday, January 10; 1pm - 3pm
  • NEW: Dads Support Group
    Third Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, January 20; 6:00pm-7:30pm
  • Down Syndrome Support Group
    Second Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, January 13; 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, January 27; 4:45pm - 6:45pm
  • Parents of Children with Cerebral Palsy
    Fourth Tuesday of the month, concurrent with children peer group.
    Tuesday, January 27; 4:45pm - 6:45pm
  • Parents of Transition Age Youth
    First Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, January 6; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • NEW: Preemie Support Group
    Third Thursday of the month.
    Thursday, December 18; 7:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Spanish Speaking Parent Support Group
    Second Wednesday of the month.
    Wednesday, January 14; 10am - 12pm
  • Tube Feeding Support Group
    Fourth Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, January 27; 7pm - 8:15pm
  • Tuesday Night Support Group
    Second and Fourth Tuesdays of the month.
    Tuesday, January 13; 6:45pm-8:30pm
    Tuesday, January 27; 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

First Movie Night of 2015: Frozen

Friday, January 30; 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Support for Families, 1663 Mission St 7th Flr, San Francisco
JANUARY THEME: Pajama party. Come dressed in your pajamas! 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]

Infant Massage Series

Wednesdays, Feb 11, Feb 18, Feb 25, March 4, March 11; 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. Parents who massage their babies often experience increased closeness to and understanding of their infants, reduced stress and post-natal depression, and simply enjoy a wonderful experience with their child. 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. To sign up, call 415-920-5040 or email Rion Hoffmann at Flyer [pdf]

Family Access Day at the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM)

Sunday, February 22; 10:00am - 1:00pm
CJM, 736 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103
This fun-filled day will provide a range of multisensory experiences for children and youth of all abilities and backgrounds to explore the Museum! Activities will include a guided tour of J. Otto Seibold and Mr. Lunch; a Puppy Dog Tales reading room with canine companions; and a family art studio. In partnership with Support for Families of Children with Disabilities, Rosh Pina, and the INCLUDE program at Jewish Learning Works. Call 415-920-5040 to register. Flyer [pdf]

Special Needs Family Appreciation Night: Golden State Warriors vs Milwaukee Bucks

Wednesday, March 4; 7:30pm
Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland CA 94621
Presented by Support for Families and the Golden State Warriors. Families of children with special needs can enjoy the game at an exclusive discounted rate of just $35 per person! Bring your family and friends out to the Oracle Arena and cheer on the Warriors as they take on the Milwaukee Bucks. Fifteen lucky youth (ages 18 & under) with special needs will get to enjoy exclusive opportunities with the Warriors! **Special early bird discount rate for families of children with special needs and friends of Support for Families ends Feb 14**Flyer [pdf] Go to Eventbrite to purchase tickets or for more information


Community Advisory Committee for Special Education

Repeats every fourth Thursday of the month unless otherwise noted.

Coffee Time with SFUSD Special Education Administration

Thursday, January 22; 5:45-6:30pm

(CAC) Community Advisory Committee Meeting

Thursday, January 22; 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

Puppy Dog Tales
The Contemporary Jewish Museum
Sunday, Feb 8| 12:30-1:00pm & 1:30-2:00pm; Sunday, Feb 22| 10:30-11:00am & 11:30-12:00pm
The Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., San Francisco
FREE with advance registration, email Join us for a special reading of the Mr. Lunch books in partnership with the San Francisco SPCA’s Puppy Dog Tales. Children will have the opportunity to engage in active reading sessions with lovable canine companions.  What better way to experience the adventures of Mr. Lunch!

[WEBINAR] Upcoming Changes to Medicaid’s Home & Community Based Services (HCBS) Regulations
USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Thursday, January 29; 10am – 11am PST
More Information

[WEBINAR] Schools’ Systems of Health Care Services for Children with Special Health Care Needs: What Happens During the School Day?
Family Voices of CA
Wednesday, Feb 4; 12pm – 1pm
More Information

First Fridays! Jazz Jam and Azure Family Concert
Autism Fun Bay Area & St. Cyprians
Friday Feb 6, 2015; 6pm
St Cyprians Church, Turk & Lyon, San Francisco
Please bring something to share for our potluck. Azure Events are tailored for folks with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families and care-givers. All behaviors welcome. This Jam features a stunning selection of Bay Area Greats, along with your host and pianist Steve!  Bring your instrument or voice and come join the jam, or just kick back and listen to some cool jazz standards. For more information call Steve at 415-585-7909

Give Kids a Smile Day: Free Dental Event
SF Department of Public Health – Child Health & Disability Prevention (CHDP) Program
Saturday, Feb 7, 2015; 10am – 2pm
University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry (155 Fifth St)
Free screenings, dental exams and cleanings, orthodontic evaluations, fluoride treatment, games with fun prizes, entertainment and Little Explorers Petting Zoo! More than $100 in free services provided to each child. No Appointment Necessary. Open to children up to age 17. To RSVP a group, call 415.929.6550.

Summer Resource Fair
Department of Children Youth and Families
Saturday, Feb 7; 10am – 2pm
Balboa High School
The Fair will feature more than 150 exhibitors with information about summer camps, programs, and other opportunities for children and youth in San Francisco. 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

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
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 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

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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