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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. Register by calling us at 415-920-5040.
  • Individualized Education Program (IEP) Clinics

Presented by SFCD. Learn about Special Education law, the IEP process, what to do when things aren’t working, and how to become a more active/effective team member.

Dates (Thursdays 4pm-6pm):
IEP Clinics - English: 5/8/14
IEP Clinics - Spanish: 4/17/14
IEP Clinics - Cantonese: 5/1/14


  • Transition to Adult Life Clinic

Presented by SFCD. Learn about special education transition services for children over 16 and how to participate in the development of your child’s transition plan - an important part of the IEP.

Dates (4th Thursday unless otherwise noted, 4pm-6pm):


  • Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy

Presented by SFCD. This workshop will provide participants with information on advocacy, which is speaking up for one's rights and helping others to exercise their rights. Participants will also learn about the skills needed to be an effective advocate. In addition, we’ll discuss the specific ways you can apply these skills and make a difference.

Dates (every month there is a 5th Thursday unless otherwise noted, 4pm-6pm): 


  • iPads for Communication (ENGLISH)

In this workshop we’ll aim to cover things like: iPad basics, how to adapt the iPad for your child, including iPad settings and adaptive tools for greater accessibility, iPad apps for communication, as well as parenting skills incorporate the iPad into your child’s daily communication routine. After attending the workshop, you may be able to BORROW an iPad.

Dates (monthly on Saturdays unless otherwise noted)
Saturday, April 26; 10:00am - 12:00pm


  • iPads for Communication (SPANISH)

En este taller vamos afán de cubrir cosas como: fundamentos iPad, cómo adaptar el iPad para su hijo, incluyendo la configuración de iPad y herramientas de adaptación para una mayor accesibilidad, aplicaciones de iPad para la comunicación, así como habilidades de los padres incorporen el iPad en su hijo rutina de la comunicación diaria. Después de asistir el taller, puede ser eligible para PRESTAR un iPad.

Dates (monthly on Saturdays unless otherwise noted)

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.

In response to the changing needs of families, SFCD began offering monthly half-day Saturday workshops. These extended workshops give participants an opportunity to receive more in-depth information on a range of topics. Workshops are at Support for Families unless otherwise noted.

Register by calling 415-920-5040

  • Caregivers: It's Time for YOU!
    Tuesday, April 22; 6:45pm - 8:30pm

Caregivers: It's Time for YOU to get relief from the burdens you are carrying; to be honored for what you are doing; to be supported by family, friends and community; to no longer feel isolated; to reach out for the support that will enable you to have; and the TIME to take care of yourself. YOSAIF AUGUST presents easy-to-use tools and techniques from his new book that will show you immediate steps you can take to reach for love and support. Presenter: Yosaif August, life coach and caregiver advocate


  • Crossing the Bridge to Preschool - CANCELLED
    Wednesday, April 23; 10:30am - 12:30pm

If your child will be turning three in the next year, you may become involved in transitioning your child from early intervention into new educational programs. In order to facilitate a smooth transition for children and families, we are offering a workshop that will provide participants with information that may be helpful through the transition process. Please join us! Presenters: Representatives from Golden Gate Regional Center, San Francisco Unified School District, and Support for Families


  • Special Needs Trusts as an Advocacy Tool
    Wednesday, April 23; 5:00pm - 7:00pm

This session will discuss how to use a Special Needs Trust as a tool to provide lifelong advocacy and to prevent abuse and neglect. We will also highlight the importance of including a comprehensive distribution plan and how it can broaden living options. Presenter: Stephen Dale, Esq., LL.M., Dale Law Firm


  • Reasonable Accomodations in Housing
    Tuesday, May 6; 2:00pm - 4:00pm

This workshop will cover housing issues for people with psychiatric and/or developmental disabilities. It will address the current status of the law and reasonable accommodations, and offer public awareness and education to landlords, tenants, and other interested parties with respect to housing. Presenter: Steven Bruce, Legal Director and Interim Executive Director, People with Disabilities Foundation


  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: Behavior Support Group Speaker
    Tuesday, May 6; 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Susi Brennan, an SFUSD special education teacher and parent of two young children, will share what she has learned in her studies of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and specifically how she uses it with herself and children. Susi is a regular attendee of the Behavior Support Group at SFCD.


  • Emergency/Disaster Preparedness
    Wednesday, May 7; 5:00pm - 7:00pm

We will help your family prepare for California disasters such as earthquakes and fires. Does your family have a plan with special accommodations? Sufficient emergency supplies? Do you know how to turn off you water or gas? We will review what you will need to help your family survive the next big one. Presenter: Carol Thrailkill R.N., P.H.N., Nurse Consultant for the Department of Public Health's Childcare Health Project


  • Summer Fun: A Guide to Summer Programs and Resources
    Saturday, May 10; 8:30am - 12:30pm

This workshop will begin with an overview of the benchmarks that make up a quality summer/recreational program for a child with a disability. Then, we will introduce various providers of summer/ recreational programing in a panel discussion. The provider panel will focus on eligibility requirements, application deadlines and any information that programs need from families to make successful activities for children of all abilities. Presenters: A Panel of Summer/Recreation Providers


  • Can My Child Learn More Than One Language?
    Wednesday, May 14; 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Many parents of children with communication disabilities worry that exposing their children to more than one language might confuse them or cause further delays. They often get advice from teachers, therapists, and other professionals to speak only one language. In this workshop, we will review the current research on bilingual development for children with communication disabilities. The research suggests that bilingualism does not harm the children and may bring benefits. The workshop will offer some practical guidelines for parents, including what to consider when raising a bilingual child, tips for maintaining your home language, and tips for helping your child learn English as a second language. Presenter: Betty Yu, Assistant Professor in the Communicative Disorders Program at San Francisco State University


  • KidPower
    Wed. May 28; 11:00am - 1:00pm (SPANISH)
    NEW DATE: Tues. June 17; 5:30pm - 7:30pm (ENGLISH)

Learn ways to help young people learn and use age-appropriate
People Safety skills on an everyday basis to have safer, more positive experiences with people, including strangers, siblings, peers, and other people they know. Presenter: Erika Leonard, Program Manager of California Services, Kidpower

  • Healthy Relationships and Sexuality for Individuals with Disabilities
    Saturday, June 14; 8:30am - 12:30pm


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
    Second Monday of the month
    Monday, May 12; 4:30pm - 5:30pm
    Noe Valley Public Library Meeting Room, 451 Jersey St, SF
  • Evening Autism Support Group
    Fourth Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, April 22; 7:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Daytime Autism Support Group
    First Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, May 6; 11:30am - 1:00pm
  • Behavior Support Group
    First Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, May 6; 6:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Cantonese Speaking Parent Support Group
    Second Saturday of the month.
    Saturday, May 10; 1pm - 3pm
  • Down Syndrome Support Group
    Second Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, May 13; 6:30pm-8:30pm
  • Prader Willi Support Group
    Quarterly on Saturdays.
    Saturday, April 19; 10:15am - 1:30pm
  • Peer Group for Children with Cerebral Palsy
    Fourth Tuesday of the month, concurrent with parent support group.
    Tuesday, April 22, 2014; 4:45pm - 6:45pm
  • Parents of Children with Cerebral Palsy
    Fourth Tuesday of the month, concurrent with children peer group.
    Tuesday, April 22, 2014; 4:45pm - 6:45pm
  • Parents of Transition Age Youth
    First Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, May 6; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Spanish Speaking Parent Support Group
    Second Wednesday of the month.
    Wednesday, May 14; 10am - 12pm
  • Tube Feeding Support Group
    Fourth Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, April 22; 7pm - 8:15pm
  • Tuesday Night Support Group
    Second and Fourth Tuesdays of the month.
    Tuesday, April 8; 6:45pm-8:30pm
    Tuesday, April 22; 6:45pm-8:30pm (Caregivers It's Time for You presentation)
    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

  • Old-Fashioned Spring Picnic
    Saturday, May 3, 2014; 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Elk Glen Picnic Area, Golden Gate Park

Join us for a good old-fashioned picnic in the park with your friends and family! There will be art, games, music, activities, and fun. We will provide drinks and desserts and families are encouraged to bring their own lunch and blanket.

Spring Picnic Flyer (English, Spanish, Chinese) [pdf]


  • Movie Nights 2014
    Next Movie Night: Peter Pan
    Friday, May 16, 2014; 5:30pm - 7:30pm
    Support for Families, 1663 Mission St 7th Flr

Join us for a free family-friendly movie while munching on fresh-popped popcorn, pizza, and snacks in our offices. Refreshments for kids and adults will be provided. Our playroom will open too! Note: Parents must stay with children at all times as childcare will not be provided.

Movie Nights are held monthly on Fridays in January to June 2014 from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Movie starts promptly at 6pm.

Movie Nights 2014 Flyer [pdf]


Community Advisory Committee for Special Education

Repeats every fourth Thursday of the month.

Coffee Time with SFUSD Special Education Administration
Thursday, April 24, 2014; 5:45-6:30pm

(CAC) Community Advisory Committee Meeting
Thursday, April 24, 2014; 6:30pm - 8:30pm


Events Sponsored by Other Organizations

Legislative Forum: Critical Issues in the Developmental Services System
GGRC and the Service Provider Advisory Committee

Friday, April 25; 10:30am - 1:00pm
South San Francisco Conference Center, 255 S Airport Blvd, South San Francisco, CA 94080
Join community leaders, individuals with disabilities, family members & service provider agencies for a presentation and discussion on the challenges and opportunities facing the community today. The event will feature remarks by Assembly Member Kevin Mullin. No Fee.  Refreshments provided. Resource tables available for pamphlets. For more information, email or call (415) 407-7539.

7th Annual Spring Conference on C.A.R.E. (Community, Autism, Relationships, Environment)
The Nation Student Speech Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA)
Saturday, April 26; 9am – 3:30pm
Jack Adams Hall at San Francisco State University
This conference is devoted to promoting the understanding of Autism in schools and the workplace Participants will walk away with new ideas, perspectives, and strategies for peers to create positive communities, relationships, and environments for individuals on the autism spectrum. More Information

[Webinar] Getting the Most from Your IPP
The Dale Law Firm
Wednesday, April 30
6:30pm - 7:30pm PST
Mr. Huyck, former Executive Director of Alta Regional Center, will discuss Regional Center eligibility, the IPP process, how to get the services needed and obtaining MediCal for a child when they are not eligible for SSI. More Information

EDREV 2014
Parents Education Network

Saturday, May 3; 9:00am - 4:00pm
AT&T Park, San Francisco
EdRev, conceived of and brought to life by PEN in 2009, provides a unique day of interaction among students, parents and educators, exploring ways to create new educational environments that fit the individual, instead of making the individual fit the environment. Everyone learns in a different and unique way; learning environments where this is appreciated and supported are the key to successful learning. More Information

Swim Session for Children With Special Needs!
Bay Area Aquatic Practitioners (BAAP)
Saturday, May 3; 3pm – 4pm and 4pm – 5pm sessions
Pomeroy Recreation and Rehabilitation Center, 207 Skyline Blvd. San Francisco, CA 94132
BAAP invites you and your child with special needs into the water to learn techniques to play comfortably and safely in the water. Join us on Saturday, May 3rd, at the Janet Pomeroy Center in San Francisco in our indoor heated pool. Sessions are from 3:00-4:00 and 4:00-5:00. The fee is $30 for advance registration and $40 after April 28th. For more info contact:

Special Needs Trust Workshop
The Dale Law Firm

Wednesday, May 7; 6:30pm - 8:00pm
The Dale Law Firm, 127 Aspen Dr Ste 100, Pacheco, CA 94533
 This free presentation will discuss how Special Needs Trusts can be established in order to protect and provide assistance to the disabled while protecting their financial interests and eligibility. More Information

INCLUDE’s Special Needs Family Camp Weekend
Jewish LearningWorks/INCLUDE             

Friday, May 9 – Sunday May 11, 2014
URJ Camp Newman, Santa Rosa
Family Camp provides an opportunity for families with children with special needs to gather, celebrate Shabbat, learn, and spend time together. It represents a place of inclusion, understanding, and connection to the Jewish community. More Information

Miss Unlimited Pageant - A Day of Fun!
St. Ignatius College Preparatory             

Saturday, May 10; 3pm - 8pm
St. Ignatius College Preparatory, San Francisco
At the Miss Unlimited Pageant, girls can embrace their own beauty, inside and out; the day focuses on empowerment, friendship, and feeling special - this is not a competition, rather a day to feel special.  The day includes icebreakers, orientation, snacks, and games.  Each girl will receive: A one to one buddy for the day; A professional hair and make up make over; A formal dress (if needed); An opportunity to speak about her dreams and goals; Awards and Prizes for each contestant; A reception after the pageant with friends and family. More Information

Orientation Session: It Takes Two to Talk® - Hanen Program for Parents in SPANISH, “Hablando nos entendemos los dos”
CMPC Child Development Center
Monday May 12th; 10:00-11:30am
St. Luke’s Hospital: Griffin Room (Enter the hospital on Cesar Chavez, pass the elevators and it will be on the left)   

Come to this orientation session to learn more about the Hanen Program for Spanish-speaking children and parents. It Takes Two to Talk (Hablando nos entemdemos los dos) is a program for parents with children with communication difficulties. The program is for children under age 3 with delayed language and social-communication or children under age 5 with cognitive and developmental delays affecting communication who speak Spanish, and their parents. Parents learn strategies to support their child’s communication development and language development within play and daily routines. For more information contact Molly O'Shea (facilitator and SLP): 415.600.1963

[Webinar] Investment & Tax Strategies for Special Needs Trusts
The Dale Law Firm
Wednesday, May 28; 6:30pm - 7:30pm PST
Colorado tax and estate planning attorney, Bradley J. Frigon will discuss the unique issues around investing and tax planning for families with special needs. More Information

Everybody Plays (Formerly Camp Azure): Registration Now Open
SF Recreation and Parks
Two week sessions from June to August, Monday – Friday 9am – 3pm
Glen Canyon Park, San Francisco
Everybody Plays is a specialized therapeutic day camp, designed for children with autism and other developmental disabilities. And their siblings and friends! Our goal is to develop social, play and life skills while fostering inclusion and encouraging independence. We provide a safe and nurturing environment with carefully selected and trained staff. Your child will experience expressive arts, sensory activities, hikes, games, music, recreation therapy and more! More Information

[Webinar] Utilizing a Care Manager in Special Needs Trusts
The Dale Law Firm
Wednesday, June 25
6:30pm - 7:30pm PST
Linda Fodrini-Johnson, licensed Family Therapist and Certified Care Manager, will discuss utilizing care managers to assess the needs of the beneficiary and develop a distribution plan in order to help direct the trust. More Information

Other Opportunities for Input

CDE Survey: Partnering with Parents
California Department of Education - Special Education Division
The California Department of Education (CDE) Special Education Division (SED) is working with school districts and California Parent Organizations to gather information on how well parents think their child's school is partnering with parents of students with disabilities. This information will be helpful in determining potential content for parent/professional training. More Information

National Survey for Families
Early Intervention Family Alliance (EIFA)
Take part in this national survey that is aimed at hearing from families who have participated in Part C Early Intervention programs [in CA: 0-3 early intervention services through the regional center].  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

Seeing, Hearing, Walking, Learning, Behavior Research Study
The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)
NCHS is looking to talk to parents or guardians of children 2 to 17 years of age who may have difficulties in the following areas: seeing, hearing, walking, learning, behavior. In particular, we are looking for non-NCHS parents or guardians of children that have severe difficulty with seeing, hearing, or walking.  The interview will be no longer than 60 minutes and participants will receive $40. Interested parents/guardians can call in at 301-458-4676 or email  

Youth-Led Projects Grant
Youth Empowerment Fund (YEF)
Deadline: April 14 at 5pm
Applications are now being accepted for YEF Summer-Fall Mini Grants. YEF Mini Grants are grants of up to $10,000 to be given to youth-led programs around San Francisco. Project must be led and initiated by youth under 18 years old; carried out between June and December 2014; and sponsored by a 501(c)(3) community based organization. More Information

Alternate Assessments Survey

Alternate Assessment Research Group (AARG)

The Alternate Assessment Research Group (AARG) would like to invite parents who have school-aged students in grades three through high school to participate in a survey regarding the alternate assessments administered by your state. The purpose of this survey is to learn about parents’ understanding and opinions regarding the education and assessment of their children who have significant cognitive disabilities.

To review and/or enter your responses to the survey, please go to this site:


Family Empowerment Center Survey Opportunity

The WestEd Center for Prevention and Early Intervention, under contract with the California Department of Education to coordinate and support the Family Empowerment and Disability Council (FEDC), is conducting a statewide survey of parents and guardians of California students who receive special education services. The purpose of the survey is to identify the ongoing and emerging information, support, and training needs of families. Data from the survey will be used to inform and improve the activities and build the capacity of family empowerment centers to continue to meet the needs families related to special education.

Support for Families is the Family Empowerment Center (FEC) for San Francisco County and is a part of FEDC, so this survey will directly impact our ability to better assist you and meet your needs related to special education.

Click the link below for the survey: (English), (Spanish)

Thank you for your input!

For more information about family empowerment centers, go to the CA Association of Family Empowerment Centers website (

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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