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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.



IEP Cantonese (個別化教育計劃(IEP)諮詢會)
April 6th; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
May 4th; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
June 1; 6:00pm - 8:00pm

IEP English
April 13th; 4 :00pm - 6:00pm
May 11th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
June 8th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm

IEP Spanish (Clínica Programa de Educación Individualizada (IEP) - Español)
March 16th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
April 20th; 4:00pm -6:00pm
May 18th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Transition to Adulthood
March 23rd; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
April 27th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
May 25th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
June 22nd; 4:00pm - 6:00pm


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.



Food and Water for Disasters Series
Thursdays; 4:30pm - 5:30pm
April 6th, April 20th, May 18th, June 1st, June 15th
Presenters: Peter Ng
Call 415-920-5040 to register.

Fullpower: Relationship Safety Workshop
for youth 15-22 and their adult allies

Thursday, May 4th; 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Using examples and activities relevant to
people ages 15-22 of all abilities dealing independently
with others in schools and clubs,
on teams, at work, and in everyday life, we’ll
practice how to:
• Set effective personal boundaries clearly & confi dently
• Protect boundaries positively & assertively
• Respect others’ reasonable boundaries
• Recognize and manage emotional triggers
• Project awareness, calm, and confi dence
• Stop unwanted touch and attention
• De-escalate confrontation
• Avoid or leave potentially dangerous situations
• Deal with peer pressure & bullying
• Apply skills in gaming/online/social media
• Deal confi dently with harassment, threats, & other
forms of verbal aggression
• Consider when to ‘solve it yourself’ and when to get
help from people in positions of power
• Get help - and persist! - to address safety problems
Presenter: Kidpower
Click Here to Register!

Limited Conservatorship: A Self-Help Workshop
Tuesday, May 9th; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
This class will go over the basic procedures, paperwork, timeline, documents, and information needed to start the limited conservatorship of person process. It will provide you with a check list of documents, provide guidance about what to expect, help answer questions about how to fill these forms out, and pose questions to think about before you and your family decide to move forward with the Court process.
Presenter: Melanie J. Emmons
Click Here to Register!

Special Education Due Process Hearings: What Parents Should Know
Saturday, May 13th; 9:30am - 12:30pm
This training will answer the following questions: What is a Special Education Due Process Hearing? What is Special Education Due Process Mediation? What are Some Remedies I May Get for My Child if I File a Due Process Hearing? When Should I Consider Requesting a Due Process Hearing? What Should I Do Before Filing for Due Process? What are the Steps Involved in Filing a Request a Due Process Hearing? What Happens After I File a Due Process Hearing?
Presenter: Maggie Roberts
Click Here 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.



    Cantonese-Speaking Parents Support Group
    Meets 2nd Saturday of the month,
    1:00pm - 3:00pm.

    Chinatown Child Development Center (CCDC) Group
    For Cantonese-speaking families of children with special needs.
    Meets at the CCDC on the 3rd Monday of the month, 9:30am - 12:00pm.

    Living with Loss: Loss, Hope and Healing
    A group for parents/caretakers of medically fragile children and children facing life threatening illness.
    Call 415-920-5040 for dates.

    Prader-Willi Group
    Meets quarterly on Saturdays.
    Call 415-920-5040 for dates.

    Spanish-Speaking Down Syndrome Parent Support Group
    Meets 1st Tuesday of the month,
    6:00pm - 8:00pm.

    Spanish-Speaking Parent Support Group
    Meets 2nd Wednesday of the month,
    10:00am - 12:00pm.

    Parents of Transition Age Youth
    Currently focusing on issues related to housing.
    Meets 1st Tuesday of the month, 6:15pm - 8:15pm.

    Tuesday Night Group
    A group for parents who have children with disabilities or special health care
    Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, 6:45pm - 8:30pm.

    UCSF Inpatient Parent Support Group
    Meets every Thursday, 4:00pm - 5:30pm.



    Asian & Pacifi c Islander Disabilities Group for Youth 18-30
    Meets 1st Thursday of the month, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

    Conversation Club for AAC Users
    Meets at the Noe Valley Public Library Meeting Room
    every Monday, 4:30pm - 5:30pm.

    Transition AAC Group
    Meets every Monday, 3:00pm - 4:30pm

    Young AAC Kids Conversation Club
    Meets 2nd Wednesday of the month, 3:30pm - 4:30pm.

    "Sibshop" Sibling Group - Currently on Hold
    A recreational group for siblings of children with disabilities or special health
    care needs.

Special Events and More

Access to Adventure

Saturday, May 6th
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Movie Night: Kung Fu Panda 3

Friday, May 19th
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Family Access Day at the Walt Disney Family Museum

Saturday, June 17th
Registration opens Wednesday, May 17th

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

Daniel Fenton, PhD clinical psychology candidate, wrote a handbook for Spanish speaking parents to maximize and enjoy their free time as much as possible in the form of Respite Care.  Mr. Fenton is looking for Spanish Speaking families to take home a handbook and give him their feedback after looking it over.  Please contact for more information.
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The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Arts and Disability Center warmly invite you to be part of the Careers in the Arts Online Dialogue. Please join this online conversation and share your ideas on the how to increase career preparation and employment of people with disabilities in the arts.
More information.

Dr. Terese Aceves from Loyola Marymount University invites you to complete a brief survey about your experience hiring a Special Education Advocate to assist you in any way. Your participation and response to the survey will be kept anonymous.
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