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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

Transition to Adulthood

April 23, 2015; 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Get Organized

April 30, 2015; 4:00pm - 6:00pm

IEP Cantonese(個別化教育計劃(IEP)諮詢會)

May 7, 6:00pm-8:00pm

IEP English

May 14, 4:00pm-6:00pm

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

May 21, 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


Wednesday, May 6; 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Learn about the basics of Self-Determination. We will discuss how it fits within the broader context of empowering people to take control of their own lives and how it differs from traditional service delivery through regional centers. Presenter: Gabriel Rogin, California State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD). Flyer [pdf]

State Council on Developmental Disabilities Community Forum

Wednesday, May 6; 7:00pm - 8:00pm
SCDD would like to gather input from you on the State Council's State Plan. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Valerie Buell at 510-286-0439.

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. Flyer [pdf]

Basic Sign Language: Improving Communication at an Early Stage

Wednesday, May 27; 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Flyer [pdf]

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, April 28; 6:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Cantonese Speaking Parent Support Group
    Second Saturday of the month.
    Saturday, May 9; 1pm - 3pm
  • Down Syndrome Support Group
    Second Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, May 12; 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, April 28; 4:45pm - 6:45pm
  • Parents of Children with Cerebral Palsy
    Fourth Tuesday of the month, concurrent with children peer group.
    Tuesday, April 28; 4:45pm - 6:45pm
  • Parents of Transition Age Youth
    First Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, May 5; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Preemie Support Group
    Third Thursday of the month.
    Thursday, April 16; 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, May 13; 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Tube Feeding Support Group
    Fourth Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, April 28; 7pm - 8:15pm
  • Tuesday Night Support Group
    Second and Fourth Tuesdays of the month.
    Tuesday, April 14; 6:45pm-8:30pm
    Tuesday, April 28; 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

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. More Information

Movie Night: Muppets Most Wanted

Friday, May 15; 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Support for Families, 1663 Mission St 7th Flr, San Francisco
MAY THEME: Crazy Hair Day - Show us your wacky style! 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]


Community Advisory Committee for Special Education

Repeats every fourth Thursday of the month unless otherwise noted.

Coffee Time with SFUSD Special Education Administration

Thursday, April 23; 5:45-6:30pm

(CAC) Community Advisory Committee Meeting

Thursday, April 23; 6:30pm - 8:00pm


Events Sponsored by Other Organizations

[WEBINAR] Behavioral Strategies for Promoting Success Among Individuals with Autism
Disability Scoop & Drexel University Online
Tuesday, April 28; 12pm – 1pm EST (9am – 10am PST)
More Information

Workshop:  Special Needs Trusts
The Dale Law Firm
Wednesday May 6, 2015; 6:30pm-8pm
The Dale Law Firm 127 Aspen Drive Suite 100 Pacheco, CA  94533
This free presentation by Stephen Dale, Esq. will discuss how Special Needs Trusts can be established in order to project and provide assistance to the disabled while protecting their financial interests and eligibility.  To register contact Shelley at or 925-826-5585.

Relationship Development Intervention 2-Day Summit
CATCH Clinic
Sunday May 17 – Monday May 18, 2015
Wells Fargo Center for the Performing Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
This presentation will offer the most up-to-date research on autism and Dynamic Intelligence and will provide a thorough overview of the RDI program. Veteran RDI consultants and featured guest speakers, including the founder of the RDI program Steve Gutstein, will help you understand this groundbreaking intervention. More Information

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 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

Call for Applicants: IHSS Stakeholder Advisory Committee
California In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Statewide Authority
The California In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Statewide Authority is seeking applicants for a new state-level IHSS Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC).  The SAC will provide ongoing advice and recommendations regarding the IHSS Program to the IHSS Statewide Authority and the state Departments of Social Services and Health Care Services. The 13-member SAC will consist of consumers, IHSS providers, union representatives, and advocates. Applications due by May 1. More Information

Cerebral Palsy Survey on Treatments and Interventions
CP Daily Living & PCORI
Parents/caregivers of children 2-17 years: by completing the following survey you will be providing insight about your treatment decision-making experiences. This anonymous information is critical to our CP community leaders, doctors and researchers who are preparing to apply for a large research grant on behalf of the CP community. This particular non-government granting agency called PCORI, is focused on including the perspectives of patients and their families, and has been established to foster research working toward meaningful patient outcomes. More Information

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