Upcoming Eventsat Support for Families of Children with Disabilities
- Parent/Professional Workshops
- Support Groups
- Family Special Events
- Community Advisory Committee for Special Education (CAC)
- Events by Other Organizations
- Opportunities for Input
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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 email@example.com 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)
June 2nd; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
August 4th; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
September 1st; 6:00pm - 8:00p-m
June 9th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
August 11th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
September 8th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
IEP Spanish (Clínica Programa de Educación Individualizada (IEP) - Español)
June 16th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
August 18th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
September 15th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Transition to Adulthood
May 26th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
June 23rd; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
August 25th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
September 22nd; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
iPads for Communication English
May 21st; 1:00pm - 3:00pm
June 2nd; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
June 18th; 1:00pm - 3:00pm
iPads for Communication Spanish
June 1st; 10:00am - 12:00pm
June 15th; 5:30pm - 7:30pm
iPads for Communication Cantonese
May 28th; 9:00am - 11:00am
June 18th; 9:00am - 11:00am
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information.
7 Steps to Special Needs Peace of Mind
Saturday, August 13th; 8:30am - 12:30pm
Please join us for an exciting new workshop: The 7 Steps to Special Needs Peace of Mind. Realistic and achievable steps so you can worry less about your child’s care and future.
Be prepared: This is NOT your normal special needs workshop. Fast, informative, and fun – we guarantee that the 7 Steps Workshop will be unlike anything you’ve ever heard before. We’re simply going to turn your traditional special needs planning notions on their head.
Presenter: Michael Pearce, Special Needs Attorney
Book Talk: Author Eve Megargel
Tuesday, June 21st; 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Learning to Kiss is an unflinching and triumphant portrait of a nonverbal young man on the autism spectrum who responds to his litany of medical issues with courage and determination to communicate.
Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy
Thursday, June 30th, 2016; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy is a training that helps parents build their advocacy skills to support their children in a non-adversarial manner. We discuss the importance of building communication with professionals and being able problem solve in a variety of situations. The workshop will also cover letter writing tips, email tips, documentation strategies as well as some pointers for in person communication.
IEP Develpment & Dynamics: Make Sure Your Voice is Heard
Saturday, September 10th; 8:30am - 12:30pm
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
Finding Assets to Employment in Children with Disabilities
Thursday, September 29th; 9:00am - 12:00pm
Many times we focus on the disability of the young person and miss opportunities to point out their hidden assets to employment. Young people with disabilities themselves often feel like they have nothing going for them and that certainly they will not be able to become employed. Hidden assets can be found in interests, abilities, beliefs, values, in the disability and in other parts of the young person's life. When these assets are brought to the surface and discussed, it makes it possible for a young person to become more confident about being successful in the world of work. In young children connecting their positive attributes to the world of work can be an incredibly powerful way to open the conversation about employment in an age appropriate way. The Digging for Gold Process transforms the focus on limitations and shifts it to a focus on vocational ability and potential! Do not miss this training if you want to build the belief in employability and having a place in the labor market!
Presenter: Larry Robbin
- 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
One Saturday of the month; 11:30am -12:20pm
- Autism Support Group
Fourth Tuesday of the month; 6:30pm - 8:15pm
- Cantonese Speaking Parent Support Group
Second Saturday of the month; 1:00pm - 3:00pm
- 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 email@example.com or 415-920-5040 for more information.
- Parents of Transition Age Youth
First Tuesday of the month; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
- Prader Willi Support Group
Quarterly on Saturdays. Call 415-920-5040 for more information.
- Sibling Support Group
Third Saturday of the month; 10:00am - 1:00pm
- Spanish Autism Parent Support Group
Third Tuesday of the month; 6:30pm - 8:15pm
- Spanish Down Syndrome Support Group
First Tuesday of the month; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
- Spanish Speaking Parent Support Group
Second Wednesday of the month; 10:00am - 12:00pm
- 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
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
Family Special Events and More
Friday, May 20th, 2016; 5:30pm - Minions
Come watch a family friendly movie, munch on yummy snacks, and enjoy the playroom in a low-key, inclusive environment. Movie Nights are held monthly on Fridays in the Winter/Spring. FREE.
Please call 415-920-5040 to register.
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 . (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.
Support for Families strives to present families and professionals with a wide range of views and options in its materials and trainings. The materials and trainings are not necessarily comprehensive, are not meant to be exhaustive, nor are they an endorsement of the author and/or presenter. If you would like to offer feedback or if you know of additional resources, speakers and/or materials that may be helpful, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.