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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)

February 4th; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
April 7th; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
May 5th; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
June 2nd; 6:00pm - 8:00pm


IEP English

February 11th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
March 10th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
April 14th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
May 12th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
June 9th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm


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

February 18th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
March 17th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
April 21st; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
May 19th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
June 16th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm


Transition to Adulthood

February 25th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
March 24th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
April 28th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
May 26th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
June 23rd; 4:00pm - 6:00pm


iPads for Communication English

February 4th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
February 20th; 1:00pm - 3:00pm
March 3rd; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
March 19th; 1:00pm - 3:00pm
April 16th; 1:00pm - 3:00pm
May 5th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
May 21st; 1:00pm - 3:00pm
June 2nd; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
June 18th; 1:00pm - 3:00pm


iPads for Communication Spanish

February 17th; 5:30pm - 7:30pm
March 2nd; 10:00am - 12:00pm
March 16th; 5:30pm - 7:30pm
April 6th; 10:00am - 12:00pm
April 20th; 5:30pm - 7:30pm
May 4th; 10:00am - 12:00pm
May 18th; 5:30am - 7:30pm
June 1st; 10:00am - 12:00pm

iPads for Communication Cantonese

February 20th; 9:00am - 11:00am
March 19th; 9:00am - 11:00am
April 16th; 9:00am - 11:00am
May 21st; 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 with your contact information.

ABLE Act Accounts, Special Needs Trusts, and Tax Planning: How They Fit Together to Protect a Special Needs Child

Thursday, April 7th, 2016; 5:00pm - 7:00pm
This program will explain how to create ABLE Act accounts, which can hold up to $100,000 without disturbing eligibility for government benefits. However, an ABLE Act Account on its own is not enough. It is only one part of a comprehensive special needs estate plan.

This program will address the 10 questions most frequently asked about the funding and operation of Special Needs Trusts. It will identify important tax planning benefits. It will identify housing options – where your child will live and be cared for upon your passing.
Presenter: Mark Gilfix, Attorney, Gilfix & La Poll


Touch and Movement: Foundations of Connection

Saturday, April 9th; 8:30am - 12:30pm
In this workshop you will learn ways to use touch, movement, singing and observation to interact with your child. This introduction will involve a movement lesson, video, and hands on work which you can practice at home and teach to your family. You will learn theory and apply it in ways that will help you and your child. You will improve your own body awareness and allow for ease of movement which translates into ease with moving and interacting with our children.
Through touch and movement we can clarify our children’s connection to themselves and their possibilities.


Other Workshops

Social Security Overpayments

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 in the Office of Clints' Rights Advocacy


Autism Advocacy in California: Past, Present, Future

Tuesday, February 16, 2016; 3:00pm-4:30pm
The UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders) was founded by Dr. Lou Vismara after learning his son Mark had been diagnosed with autism. Since then he has been involved in healthcare and autism policy development, most notably California's landmark autism insurance mandate bill in 2011, and the California Legislative Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism, which provided key recommendations on autism public policy to California's Governor and Legislature. This workshop will allow us to explore the history of autism advocacy and policy in California - valuable information for anyone with autism and the family, teachers, advocates, and clinicians who support them.
Presenter: Dr. Lou Vismara


The Psychoeducational Evaluation

Friday, February 19th, 2016; 9:00am - 11:00am
At some point in their development, children with learning and attention differences will need a psychoeducational evaluation. This workshop is designed to help parents make the most of the evaluation process, both in terms of understanding and advocating for your child. This workshop will address what to consider beforehand, including: types of evaluations and providers, when to seek an evaluation, and how to effectively partner with your child's evaluator to improve outcomes. Dr. Murray Metzger will discuss key points to understanding the evaluation results, including how test scores are interpreted and translated into recommendations for your child. Finally, she will provide tips on how to utilize the evaluation results in order to advocate for your child’s needs.
Presenter: Dr. Rebecca Murray Metzger


Adventures in ASL Series

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Wednesday, March 16th, 2016; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Wednesday, March 30th, 2016; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Wednesday, April 6th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Come and enjoy our adventures in American Sign Language, a 6-week workshop series designed for participants with no previous experience using ASL. This series is designed to bring families with children and professionals together to learn sign language in order to bridge the gap of communication for all disabilities and children. This class series will have ASL Instructors teaching beginning sign language.
Presenters: Mary Therese Garcia, community advocate, Secretary, Deaf Counseling, Advocacy, and Referral Agency; Patrick Ip, CA Pacific Medical Center volunteer, ASL instructor


Disaster Preparedness Series

This series of five Disaster Preparedness Workshops presented by UCSF Students and the SF Department of Public Health. Come learn important skills that are often overlooked until they are needed the most. Childcare is available for those who pre-register, and families will go home with supplies necessary for disaster preparedness. Please spread the word to families you work with who may be interested in this event. Presenter: UCSF graduate students in conjunction with SF Dept. of Public Health

Oral Rehydration, Safe Water Sources in the Home, Making Water Safe to Drink
Sunday, February 21, 2016; 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Duct Tape, Garbage Bags for Emergency Use, Cleaning with Bleach, Waste Management
Sunday, March 13th, 2016; 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Respiratory Outbreak, Clean Hands - Preventing Illness, Food Safety - Power Outage
Sunday, April 10th, 2016; 1:30pm - 3:00pm
311 Appls and Info Integration
Sunday, May 15th, 2016; 1:30pm - 3:00pm


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.


Parent Trainings

TBD - Check back soon!


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
    One Saturday of the month.
    Saturday, February 20th; 11:30am - 12:20pm
    Saturday, March 19th; 11:30am - 12:20pm
    Saturday, April 16th; 11:30am - 12:20pm
    Saturday, May 21st; 11:30am - 12:20pm
    Saturday, June 18th; 11:30am - 12:20pm



  • Autism Support Group
    Fourth Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, January 26; 6:30pm-8:15pm
    Tuesday, February 23; 6:30pm-8:15pm
    Tuesday, March 22; 6:30pm-8:15pm
    Tuesday, April 26th; 6:30pm - 8:15pm
    Tuesday, May 24th; 6:30pm - 8:15pm
    Tuesday, June 28th; 6:30pm - 8:15pm

  • Cantonese Speaking Parent Support Group
    Second Saturday of the month.
    Saturday, January 9; 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Saturday, February 13; 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Saturday, March 12; 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Saturday, April 9th; 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Saturday, May 14th; 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Saturday, June 11th; 1:00pm - 3:00pm

  • Chinatown Child Development Center (CCDC) Group
    Third Monday of the month.
    Monday, February 15th; 9:30am - 12:00pm
    Monday, March 21st; 9:30am - 12:00pm
    Monday, April 18th; 9:30am - 12:00pm
    Monday, May 16th; 9:30am - 12:00pm
    Monday, June 20th; 9:30am - 12:00p
    Location: Chinatown Child Development Center, San Francisco
  • Down Syndrome Support Group
    Second Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, February 9th; 6:30pm - 8:30pm
    Tuesday, March 8th; 6:30pm - 8:30pm
    Tuesday, April 12th; 6:30pm - 8:30pm
    Tuesday, May 10th; 6:30pm - 8:30pm
    Tuesday, June 14th; 6:30pm - 8:30pm
  • 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.
    Tuesday, January 5; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, February 2; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, March 1; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, April 5th; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, May 3rd; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, June 7th; 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.
    Saturday, January 16; 10:00am - 1:00pm
    Saturday, February 20; 10:00am - 1:00pm
    Saturday, March 19; 10:00am - 1:00pm
    Saturday, April 16th; 10:00am - 1:00pm
    Saturday, May 21st; 10:00am - 1:00pm
    Saturday, June 18th; 10:00am - 1:00pm



  • Spanish Autism Parent Support Group
    Third Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, January 19th; 6:30pm-8:15pm
    Tuesday, February 16th; 6:30pm-8:15pm
    Tuesday, March 15th; 6:30pm-8:15pm
    Tuesday, April 19th; 6:30pm - 8:15pm
    Tuesday, May 17th; 6:30pm - 8:15pm
    Tuesday, June 21st; 6:30pm - 8:15pm

  • Spanish Down Syndrome Support Group
    First Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, January 5th; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, February 2nd; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, March 1st; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, April 5th; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, May 3rd; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, June 7th; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Spanish Speaking Parent Support Group
    Second Wednesday of the month.
    Wednesday, January 13; 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Wednesday, February 10; 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Wednesday, March 9; 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Wednesday, April 13th; 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Wednesday, May 11th; 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Wednesday, June 8th; 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Tuesday Night Support Group
    Second and Fourth Tuesdays of the month.
    Tuesday, January 12; 6:45pm-8:30pm
    Tuesday, January 26; 6:45pm-8:30pm
    Tuesday, February 9; 6:45pm-8:30pm
    Tuesday, February 23; 6:45pm-8:30pm
    Tuesday, March 8; 6:45pm-8:30pm
    Tuesday, March 22; 6:45pm-8:30pm
    Tuesday, April 12th; 6:45pm-8:30pm
    Tuesday, April 26th; 6:45pm-8:30pm
    Tuesday, May 10th; 6:45pm-8:30pm
    Tuesday, May 24th; 6:45pm-8:30pm
    Tuesday, June 14th; 6:45pm-8:30pm
    Tuesday, June 28th; 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.

  • UCSF Inpatient Parent Support Group
    Thursdays 4:00pm -

Family Special Events and More

SFCD 2016 Informaion and Resource Conference - Save the Date!

Saturday, March 5, 2016; 8:30am-3:00pm at John O'Connell High School

Registration opens February 9, 2016; 9:30am!



Special Needs Family Appreciation Night with the Golden State Warriors



Monday, March 7th, 2016; 7:30pm
Support for Families is excited to partner with the Golden State Warriors again to offer discounted tickets and exclusive opportunities to families of children with special needs! Bring your family and friends out to the Oracle Arena on March 7th and cheer on the Warriors as they take on the Orlando Magic! More info about how to purchase tickets coming soon so check back on our website more updates!
Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, CA 94621




Movie Nights!

Friday, March 18th, 2016; 5:30pm - The Boxtrolls
Friday, April 15th, 2016; 5:30pm - Inside Out
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.

PDF Flyer



Events Sponsored by Other Organizations

Super Fest

Sunday, February 6th
San Francisco City College
Super Fest is a Super Bowl celebration for youth with developmental disabilities and their families There will be a football clinic and a cheerleading clinic (hosted by the Stanford Cheerleading team!) in the morning, and a Fan Fest with fun games in the afternoon.

This event is an inclusive event for the intellectual and developmental disability community at the biggest sporting event in the country!
Register Here for the Event

Adults, teens, and children (accompanied by parents) are welcome to volunteer. Volunteers are specifically needed for the Fan Fest in the afternoon (12:30-3pm) and as youth participants in the Cheer clinic in the morning (10am-1pm). The Cheer clinic will be coached by the Stanford Cheerleading team and no previous cheer experience is necessary.
Email to volunteer.

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.

Repeats every fourth Thursday of the month unless otherwise noted.

Pre-CAC Meeting Coffee Time with SFUSD Special Education Administration

Thursday, January 28; 5:45pm - 6:30pm

(CAC) Community Advisory Committee Meeting

Thursday, January 28; 6:30pm - 8:00pm

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

Help get the word out about Support for Families!
Has SFCD been helpful to your family?  Let people know!  Follow this link to leave a review for Support for Families of Children with Disabilities

Our Family Coalition Survey for LGBTQ families with children
Follow this link to participate in a survey to help OFC better support the needs of their families.

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