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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)
September 1st; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
October 6th; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
November 3rd; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
December 1st; 6:00pm - 8:00pm


IEP English
September 8th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
October 13th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
November 10th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
December 8th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm


IEP Spanish (Clínica Programa de Educación Individualizada (IEP) - Español)
September 15th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
October 20th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
November 17h; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
December 15th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm


Transition to Adulthood
September 22nd; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
October 27th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
November & December sessions are CANCELLED - Check back in January!


iPads for Communication Clinics are taking a Winter hiatus. Check back in January!


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.



IHSS : Recursos y Reglas Sobre las Horas Extras
IHSS Appeals & Changes to Overtime Policies - Spanish

ueves, 10 de noviembre

En esta presentacion usted aprendera como solicitar una audiencia por denegacion de los servicios de IHSS o reduccion de las horas de servicio. Hablaremos sobre las etapas de este proceso de apelación, como prepararse y consejos para la audiencia. Tambien podra aprender acerca de los recientes cambios en las reglas sobre las horas extras para los trabajadores de IHSS.

In this training you will learn about requesting a hearing for a denial of IHSS services or reduction of service hours. We will discuss the stages of this appeal process, how to prepare and tips for the hearing. You will also learn about the recent changes in overtime policies for IHSS workers.
Presentado por/Presenter: Pilar Gonzalez
Folleto en PDF


Keeping The Lanterman Promise: How to Make the Individual Program Plan (IPP/IFSP) Work for You
Saturday, November 12th; 8:30pm - 12:30pm

The Lanterman Act is a promise the state made to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in 1969 to build "Lives with Value". This presentation explores some of the unique features of The Lanterman Act and how we can use it for our family members' benefit by better understanding our IPP/IFSP rights, responsibilities and entitlements. Experience a step-by-step journey of the process and procedures and learn how you can make the law work for you.
Presenter: Pat & Time Hornbecker
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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
    Location: Noe Valley Public Library Meeting Room, 451 Jersey St, SF
  • Young AAC Kids Conversation Club
    2nd Wednesday of the month; 3:30pm - 4:30pm
    November 9th
    December 14th
    January 11th
  • Transition AAC Group
    Every Monday; 3:00pm - 4:30pm
  • Autism Support Group
    Fourth Tuesday of the month; 6:30pm - 8:15pm
    November 22nd
    December 27th
    January 24th

  • Cantonese Speaking Parent Support Group
    Second Saturday of the month; 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    November 12
    December 10
    January 14

  • Chinatown Child Development Center (CCDC) Group
    Third Monday of the month; 9:30am -12:00pm
    Location: Chinatown Child Development Center, San Francisco
  • Living with Loss:  Loss, Hope and Healing
    A group for parents and caretakers of medically fragile children and children facing life threatening illness. Contact or 415-920-5040 for more information.

  • Parents of Transition Age Youth
    First Tuesday of the month; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    December 6th
    January 3rd
    February 7th
  • Prader Willi Support Group
    Quarterly on Saturdays. Call 415-920-5040 for more information.
  • Sibling Support Group
    Quarterly on Saturdays
    January 21st; 10:00am - 1:00pm
    April 25th; 10:00am - 1:00pm
    PDF Flyer
  • Spanish Autism Parent Support Group
    Third Tuesday of the month; 6:30pm - 8:15pm
    November 15th
    December 20th
    January 17th

  • Spanish Down Syndrome Support Group
    First Tuesday of the month; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    December 6th
    January 3rd
  • Spanish Speaking Parent Support Group
    Second Wednesday of the month; 10:00am - 12:00pm
    November 9th
    December 14th
    January 11th
  • Tuesday Night Support Group
    Beginning May 3rd, Tuesday Night Support Group will meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month; 6:45pm - 8:30pm
    November 15th
    December 6th
    December 20th
    January 3rd
    January 17th

    For Parents of Infants & Young Children with special health care needs and/or developmental disorders. Bi-weekly meetings provide a means for parents to benefit from one another’s experience and exchange valuable information.

  • UCSF Inpatient Parent Support Group
    Thursdays 4:00pm

Special Events and More


Family Access Day at the Contemporary Jewish Museum
Sunday, December 11th
10am - 12pm

Register now!

Hoiday Ice Skating Party
at Yerba Buena Ice Skating Center
Saturday, December 17th; 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Registration opens online and via phone on
Wednesday, November 16th

Events Sponsored by Other Organizations

Build, Learn, Thrive!
Therapy Sliced Differently: Yoga for Kids & Motor Skills Group
Play Group Schedule

Free One-Day Workshop 
for Parents of Children on the Autism Spectrum
November 4, 5, 11, 12; 9:00am - 3:00pm
Do you often get stressed out due to your child's problem behaviors?  Do you judge yourself as a parent?
More information

Mind-Body and Resilience Group Visit for Teens with Chronic Illness: Communitas
November 9, 16 & 30
December 7
The goal of Communitas is to improve the lives, health, and well-being of young people living with chronic illness and their families by providing integrative medicine education and experiences, mind-body and mindfulness instruction, peer support, and empowerment with self-care skills.
Learn More

Helping Hands East Bay: Empowering Asian Families - Conference #1
Saturday, November 5th; 9:00am - 3:00pm
For special needs families with children birth through 12
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Chinese Flyer
Bay Area Science Festival Visit
Saturday, November 5th; 10am - 4pm
hosted by Hearing & Speech Center
More information
Webinar: Beyond Checklists: Care Planning for Children with Special Health Care Needs
Wednesday, November 9th; 10:00 - 11:00
Register Now
CA School for the Deaf's Open House
Friday, November 11th; 8:30am - 1:00pm
Tours, displays & exhibits, student's panel, workshops, service faire, book fair & more!
More information
Sensory Friendly Movie Event: Trolls
Saturday, November 12th, Century 20 Daly City Theaters
Come be who you are! The lights will be turned up, and the volume will be turned down so you can get up, dance, sing, walk, and shout. All are welcome to attend.
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Webinar: Caregiving Youth: A Community-Based Framework For Identifying  And Supporting A Hidden Population
Nov. 16, Noon-1 p.m.
Register Here
Build, Learn, Thrive Workshop: Nourishing Self-Care for Parents and Caregivers
Saturday, November 19th; 11am
We will learn about the effects of chronic stress on the body and what to do about it, self-care approaches to help decrease andxiety, and more!
Learn more

Hanen SPARK Communication Workshop
Monday, November 21st - Tuesday, November 22nd
This training is designed specifically for early intervention professionals who work with young children with language delays and their families.
Learn More

Children's Toy & Book Festival
Wednesday, December 7th; 9:00am
Get a toy, a book, and meet Santa!  Children 12 and under and accompanied by an adult or organization are invited!
English Flyer
Spanish Flyer
Chinese Flyer

We Gotta Dance! Dances for People with Disabilities
Friday, November 18th; 6:00pm
Dancing, DJ, Snacks, and Fun!! - $1 Admission
More information

SFUSD Inclusive Schools Week Celebration!
Save the Date!

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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