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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)
January 5th; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
February 2nd; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
March 2nd; 6:00pm - 8:00pm


IEP English
January 12th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
February 9th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
March 9th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm


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


Transition to Adulthood
January 26th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
February 23rd; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
March 23rd; 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.



It's All in the Family: The Role of Family Dynamics in Supporting Attention and Learning Challenges
Saturday, February 11th; 8:30am - 12:30pm

Parents, brothers, and sisters know all too well the impact
on them when a family member has ADHD and/or learning
diff erences. In this workshop, we will discuss the diff erent
feelings, struggles, and family dynamics that often develop
and ways that families cope. Our goal is to provide participants
with an alternative perspective on the challenges they
experience and suggestions on how to help support their
family in overcoming these challenges.
Presenters: Ethan Ornstein, LCSW; Andrea Samuels, Ph.D.
Register Now!


La Educación Especial: Proceso y Desarrollo de los Planes IEP
Este taller se ofrecerá en español

miercoles 22 de febrero; 10:30am - 12:30pm

Pilar González ofrecerá una introducción a la educación especial. Vamos a hablar sobre los derechos de las familias y de los estudiantes en educación especial, así como también sobre el
proceso de los planes IEP y daremos consejos sobre cómo desarrollar un plan IEP exitoso para su hijo o hija.
Presentado por: Pilar Gonzalez

Special Education: The IEP Process and Development
Thursday, February 23rd; 6:30pm - 8:15pm

Pilar Gonzalez will provide an introduction to special education.
We will discuss family’s and student’s rights in special
education, as well as the IEP process and tips on how to
develop a successful IEP for your child.
Presenter: Pilar Gonzalez
Register Now!

Oral Health Screeenings
Saturday, March 18th; Time TBD

UCSF student dentists and professors are excited to off er
free dental screenings and fl uoride treatment for children
at Support For Families. This includes a short visual exam to
identify any trouble spots in the gums, teeth, and mouth.
In addition, free fl uoride treatment to strengthen teeth
and prevent cavities. Please contact
for 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.



    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

Movie Night!: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Friday, February 17th; 6:00pm
Join us as we turn our office into a sensory friendly cinema for children and families with disabilities.

Family Access Day at Aquarium of the Bay

Saturday, February 25th; 8:30am
Families of children with disabilities are invited to visit Aquarium of the Bay to explore cool exhibits, meet new friends, and enjoy breakfast snacks!

Events Sponsored by Other Organizations

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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Spanish Flyer

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.
More information (English)
Mas informacion (Spanish)

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