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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

October 23, 4:00pm-6:00pm
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Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy

October 30, 4:00pm-6:00pm
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IEP Cantonese (個別化教育計劃(IEP)諮詢會)

November 6, 4:00pm-6:00pm
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IEP English

November 13, 4:00pm-6:00pm
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IEP Spanish (Clínica Programa de Educación Individualizada (IEP) - Español)

November 20, 4:00pm-6:00pm
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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

iPads for Education and Communication

Saturday November 1; 10:00am-12:00pm
All about how the iPad can assist your child with communication and educational needs. After attending the workshop, you may be able to BORROW an iPad.
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Limited Conservatorship: Protecting Your Loved One with Developmental Disabilities

Tuesday November 4; 4:00pm - 5:30pm
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. 
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IEP Development and Dynamics: an In-Depth Review

Saturday November 8; 8:30am - 12:30pm
Training 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 and techniques. 
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Life Care Planning: It's More than a Special Needs Trust

Wednesday November 12; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Planning now for your child’s legal, financial and life care planning needs will not only protect your child’s future but give you peace of mind. Get a clear understanding of the Life Care planning process and how to avoid common mistakes parents often make.
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iPads para la Comunicación y la Educación (en ESPAÑOL)

miércoles 19 de octubre; 5:00pm-7:30pm
Cómo el iPad puede ayudar a su hijo con la comunicación y necesidades educativas. Después de asistir el taller, puede ser eligible para PRESTAR un iPad.
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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
  • Evening Autism Support Group
    Fourth Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, October 28; 7:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Cantonese Speaking Parent Support Group
    Second Saturday of the month.
    Saturday, November 8; 1pm - 3pm
  • NEW: Dads Support Group
    Third Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, November 18; 6:00pm-7:30pm
  • Down Syndrome Support Group
    Second Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, November 11; 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, October 28, 2014; 4:45pm - 6:45pm
  • Parents of Children with Cerebral Palsy
    Fourth Tuesday of the month, concurrent with children peer group.
    Tuesday, October 28, 2014; 4:45pm - 6:45pm
  • Parents of Transition Age Youth
    First Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, November 4; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • NEW: Preemie Support Group
    Third Thursday of the month.
    Thursday, November 20; 7:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Spanish Speaking Parent Support Group
    Second Wednesday of the month.
    Wednesday, November 12; 10am - 12pm
  • Tube Feeding Support Group
    Fourth Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, October 28; 7pm - 8:15pm
  • Tuesday Night Support Group
    Second and Fourth Tuesdays of the month.
    Tuesday, October 28; 6:45pm-8:30pm
    Tuesday, November 11; 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

Halloween Party at Aquarium of the Bay [FULL]

Saturday, October 25, 2014; 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39, San Francisco
Currently full - please call 415-920-5040 to be put on the waitlist. Co-presented by Support for Families and Aquarium of the Bay.

Holiday Ice Skating Party

Saturday, December 20, 2014; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Yerba Buena Ice Skating Center, 750 Folsom St
Come enjoy an evening of ice skating, refreshments, and fun with your family and friends! Say hi to Santa and pick up a free book! Flyer (English, Spanish, Cantonese) [pdf] Call 415-920-5040 beginning November 3 to reserve space.


Community Advisory Committee for Special Education

Repeats every fourth Thursday of the month.

Coffee Time with SFUSD Special Education Administration

Thursday, October 23, 2014; 5:45-6:30pm

(CAC) Community Advisory Committee Meeting

Thursday, October 23, 2014; 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 (Oct 17, Nov 21, Dec 18, Jan 16); 6:00pm doors open
1500 Howard St (at 11th St), San Francisco
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Pomeroy Pirate Pumpkin Patch Party
Pomeroy Recreation and Rehabilitation Center
Saturday, October 18 & Saturday, October 25
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A Place for Us: Supported Housing Solutions for Adults with Developmental Disabilities
Autism Society Bay Area
Friday, October 24, 2014 8:30am-4pm
Details here. This event is sold out, but videos will be posted to Autism Society Bay Area site. Learn about our Regional Autism/Developmental Disability Housing Networking Groups here.

Make it Work: A Hands-On Housing Workshop
Saturday, October 25, 2014; 9am-12:15pm
Support for Families, 1663 Mission Street, 7th floor, San Francisco.
$20 donation requested. Snacks and materials will be provided.

Other Opportunities for Input

Focus Group: Families who choose their own support workers for adult or minor children
MySupport & Support for Families
Wed, October 15; 10:30am-1:00pm OR Thurs, October 16; 5:30pm-8:00pm
Support for Families, 1663 Mission St 7th Flr, San Francisco CA 94103
$50 stipend. More Information

Focus Group: Take Control of Your Child’s Autism Therapy
KlaraHealth & Support for Families
Two Wednesdays: October 22 and November 19, 2014; 6:00pm-8:00pm
Support for Families, 1663 Mission St 7th Flr, San Francisco CA 94103
Stipend and light dinner available. More Information

Yes on C
Coleman Advocates and Other SF Orgs
Join the campaign to reauthorize the Children’s Fund and the Public Education Enrichment Fund.  More Information

Your Calls to the Governor Can Turn Four Key Health Bills into Laws!
California Pan-Ethnic Health Network
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CDE Survey: Partnering with Parents
California Department of Education - Special Education Division
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National Survey for Families
Early Intervention Family Alliance (EIFA)
To take part in the survey families must have received early intervention services in the last six years or be currently participating in services. More Information

Are You an Adult with Aspergers, Autism, or PDD-NOS? Research Study
University of Wisconsin- Madison
For 18-25 year olds with Asperger’s, Autism, or PDD-NOS. More Information

Alternate Assessments Survey
Alternate Assessment Research Group (AARG)
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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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