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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.

IEP Cantonese(個別化教育計劃(IEP)諮詢會)

August 6; 6:00pm-8:00pm (no clinic in July)

IEP English

August 13; 4:00pm-6:00pm (no clinic in July)

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

August 20; 4:00pm-6:00pm (no clinic in July)

Transition to Adulthood

August 27; 4:00pm - 6:00pm (no clinic in July)

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 or emailing with your contact information.

Parent Professional Workshop: TBD

Saturday, August 8, 2015; 8:30am - 12:30pm

Social Security Overpayments

Tuesday, August 18, 2015; 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Has Social Security told you that it paid you or your child too much and now you have to pay them back? Learn what overpayments are, how to avoid them, and what to do when you receive one. This workshop will cover both SSI and SSDI. Presenter: Katie Spielman, Attorney, Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy, Disability Rights California

IEP Development & Dynamics: Making Sure Your Voice is Heard

Saturday, September 12, 2015; 8:30am - 12:30pm
8:30am: check-in, light breakfast served; 9am: workshop begins.
The purpose of this training is to provide parents and professionals with the information needed to advocate for the special education programs and services for their children with disabilities or the children they serve through the Individual Education Program (IEP) process. Training topics will include: basic special education rights, referral procedures for special education assessment including the SST process, and parent rights in the IEP process with a special list of helpful IEP and advocacy hints outlining effective advocacy techniques. Presenter: Joe Feldman, Executive Director and Founder of Community Alliance for Special Education

Limited Conservatorship: Protecting Your Loved One with a Developmental Disability

Thursday, September 17, 2015; 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Conservatorship is an important step for family members of a developmentally disabled individual transitioning into adulthood. Learn how a limited conservatorship can protect your loved one through his or her lifetime. This workshop will cover an overview of what conservatorship entails and the steps necessary to establish a conservatorship through the courts. Presenter: Alexis Lynch, Attorney

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, June 23; 6:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Cantonese Speaking Parent Support Group
    Second Saturday of the month.
    Saturday, July 11; 1pm - 3pm
  • Down Syndrome Support Group
    Second Tuesday of the month.
    ON HOLD - call 415-920-5040 for the date of the next group.
  • Prader Willi Support Group
    Quarterly on Saturdays.
    Call 415-920-5040 for the date of the next group.
  • Parents of Transition Age Youth
    First Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, July 7; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Preemie Support Group
    Third Thursday of the month.
    Thursday, June 18; 7:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Sibling Recreational Group
    Saturday, July 18; 10:00am - 1:00pm
  • Spanish Speaking Parent Support Group
    Second Wednesday of the month.
    Wednesday, July 8; 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Tube Feeding Support Group
    Fourth Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, June 23; 7pm - 8:15pm
  • Tuesday Night Support Group
    Second and Fourth Tuesdays of the month.
    Tuesday, June 23; 6:45pm-8:30pm
    Tuesday, July 7; 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

1:00-2:00pm on Thursdays: July 2nd, July 9th, July 16th, July 23rd, July 30th
Support for Families, 1663 Mission St 7th Floor, 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

July Sibling Recreational Group

Saturday, July 18; 10am - 1pm
Support for Families, 1663 Mission St 7th Floor, San Francisco
For 8 - 13 year old brothers and sisters of kids with disabilities or special health care needs. Based on the Sibshop model, this sibling group will include crafts, games, and other fun activities. Lunch included! Join us to: Meet other brothers and sisters of children with disabilities or special health care needs; Talk with other who “get it” about the good (and sometimes not so good!) parts of having a sib with special needs; Have fun!! Call 415-920-5040 or email to register. Flyer [pdf]

Patxi's Pizza Noe Valley Fundraiser

Wednesday, August 12; All Day (Social Hour from 5:30 - 7:30pm)
4042 24th St, SF
Let's fundraise over pizza, salads, and more! Flyer [pdf]

FAMILY ACCESS DAY at the de Young Museum: Gallery Tour and Art Workshop

Saturday, September 12 11:00am-1:00pm de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, SF 94118
ROAR! Get wild about art! Families with children of all ages and abilities are invited to join a hands-on art workshop and a tour of animals in the permanent collection. FREE for families of children with disabilities or special needs. Space is limited so reserve a spot today! This event is generously supported by the de Youngsters. Flyer [pdf]

Wine+Design 2015

Friday, October 9; 6pm - 10pm
The Galleria, San Francisco Design Center
A fundraiser benefit for Support for Families. Join us for a great party for a great cause! Visit the Wine + Design page to reserve tickets and for more information


Community Advisory Committee for Special Education

The State Education Code mandates that each Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) have a Community Advisory Committee (CAC). The CAC advises the District in the development and review of the Local Plan for Special Education, and advocates for effective special education services for children in San Francisco. It is composed of parents, students with special needs, professionals and interested community members. More Information [pdf]

Repeats every fourth Thursday of the month unless otherwise noted.

Coffee Time with SFUSD Special Education Administration

Thursday, June 25; 5:45-6:30pm

(CAC) Community Advisory Committee Meeting

Thursday, June 25; 6:30pm - 8:00pm


Events Sponsored by Other Organizations

ReadySetFly: Free Travel Workshops and SFO Onboard Experience Program
The Arc San Francisco and San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
Workshop: Friday June 19 OR Tuesday June 23; 6pm – 8pm
The Arc San Francisco 1500 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Join The Arc San Francisco and SFO for Ready Set Fly, a new program designed for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities and their families. Learn how to set up your family member for success and less stress when flying; be ready with everything you need; and find out how SFO can support you with family lines, TS pre-check, kid-friendly spaces and more. More Information

[WEBINAR] ABLE Act: A new law for some people with I/DD to save money without losing disability benefits
USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

Thursday, June 25; 10:00am – 11:00am PDT
In this webinar, Marty Ford, Senior Executive Officer of Public Policy with The Arc of the United States, will address the following topics: What is the ABLE Act? Who is the ABLE act for? How will I know if it’s right for me? What can ABLE funds be used for? How do I sign up? When will it start? This FREE webinar is designed for people with developmental disabilities, family members, and advocates. It will include a presentation and Question & Answer session.  Professionals are welcome to attend.  More Information  

2015 ADA Month Kickoff: In Honor of the 25th Anniversary of the Signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Mayor’s Office of Disability
Wednesday, July 1st 2015; 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
North Light Court, San Francisco City Hall
Entertainment by SFUSD Access and Michael O’Connell. Featured Speakers Kathy Martinez and Tom Ammiano. Awards and More. Light Refreshments. ASL and CART Services Provided Please RSVP to or 415 554-6789

23rd Annual Day on the Beach
Shared Adventures
Sat, July 18 | 10am-5pm
Cowell's Beach, Santa Cruz
Join Shared Adventures for our biggest party of the year! Over 200 sheets of plywood will be constructed over Cowell's Beach, creating an all accessible festival complete with live music, delicious food, and beach games. All activities are offered for free thanks to the help of generous sponsors. Sign up online to participate in an ocean activity at Day on the Beach (Kayak, Outrigger Canoe, SCUBA Diving, Beach Wheelchair rides). All ocean activities are fully accessible. Friends and family included! More Information

Other Opportunities for Input

Quality of life among parents of adult children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Wayne State University
Be a part of a research study investigating quality of life among parents of adult children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The purpose of this
study is to examine the effects of caring for an adult child with ASD on parents’ quality of life. Contributing factors, such as social support and burden, will be investigated. Interested participants will be entered into a raffle to receive a $25 gift card. More Information

Research Project for Toddlers with Severe Speech Difficulties
Communicative Disorders Program, Department of Special Education and Communicative Disorders, San Francisco State University
The project compares two language intervention approaches for teaching new vocabulary production to toddlers between the ages of 2-3 years who have severe speech difficulties and benefit from multi-modal augmentative and alternative communication. The children will receive 40 minutes of play-based therapy in their homes twice weekly, at no charge. The services are anticipated to be provided for 6 to 9 months. More Information

VocaliD: Custom Crafted Voices for AAC Users
More Information

UCSF Research Study – Autism Spectrum Disorders
The Brain Development Research Program, Dr. Elliott Sherr's at UCSF, is looking for volunteers to participate in a research study on Autism Spectrum Disorders. We are recruiting children ages 1+ who are typically developing to serve as control participants, and adults who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Our study is looking at biochemical changes in the blood that may help diagnose and treat ASD. Study participation will include a visit to UCSF for a blood draw, cognitive testing, and completion of neuropsychological surveys. Visits will range from 2-6 hours with some time completing surveys at home. All participants will be compensated $60 for completing the questionnaires and in-person cognitive testing, $20 for the blood draw, and parking at the UCSF Campus will be covered by the study ($80 each participant). 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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