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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)

October 1; 6:00pm-8:00pm
November 5; 6:00pm-8:00pm
December 3; 6:00pm-8:00pm

IEP English

October 8; 4:00pm-6:00pm
November 12; 4:00pm-6:00pm
December 11; 4:00pm-6:00pm

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

October 16; 4:00pm-6:00pm
November 19; 4:00pm-6:00pm
December 17; 4:00pm-6:00pm

Transition to Adulthood

October 22; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Canceled for November and December

iPads for Communication English

October 17; 1:30pm-3:30pm
November 7; 1:30pm-3:30pm
December 12; 1:30pm-3:30pm

iPads for Communication Spanish

October 21; 4:00pm-6:00pm
November 18; 4:00pm-6:00pm
December 16; 4:00pm-6:00pm

iPads for Communication Cantonese

October 17; 11:00pm-1:00pm
November 7; 11:00pm-1:00pm
December 12; 11:00pm-1:00pm

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 or emailing with your contact information.

Adventures in American Sign Language (ASL)

Thursday, September 17, 2015; 6:30pm - 8:00pm
(also meets Thursdays Sept. 24, Oct. 1, Oct. 15, Oct. 22, and Oct. 29)
6 Week Introductory ASL Workshop - Adventures in ASL: Come and enjoy our adventures in American Sign Language, a 6-week workshop series. This series is designed to bring families 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. Presenter: Mary Garcia and Patrick Ip

The Power of Communication: Every Child Deserves a Voice

Saturday, October 3, 2015; 8:30am - 12:30pm
8:30am: check-in, light breakfast served; 9am: workshop begins.
Learn about augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for children with complex communication needs – what is AAC, who needs it, and how do you get it. We will explore both low tech and high tech communication systems that have robust vocabularies, learn from parents who are having success using low tech systems such as PODD, and hear from a teenager who is an advanced AAC user on his experiences with AAC. There will also be hands-on opportunity with low tech systems, mid-tech voice output devices, and iPads with AAC apps. Presenter: Karen Baca, Assistive Technology Specialist

Should Your 'Other Child' Take on the Role of Caregiver, Conservator, and Trustee When You're Gone?

Thursday, October 15, 2015; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
One of the most difficult decisions parents have to make is who will be their child’s caregiver, conservator, trustee and/or fiduciary after they’re gone. Is your other child the right person to assume those roles? This workshop will give you a clear understanding of the responsibilities of each of those roles and the advantages and disadvantages of having a sibling assume those responsibilities. In addition, the groundbreaking Easter Seal’s “Siblings Study” will be shown and discussed. Presenter: Ken Prodger, CFP®,ChFC®,ChSNC™

Top Ten Tips for Parents: Strategies for Teaching Good Behavior

Saturday, November 12, 2015; 8:30am - 12:30pm
8:30am: check-in, light breakfast served; 9am: workshop begins.This presentation will include an overview of research-based techniques for teaching and maintaining positive behavior in the home and community. The presenter will discuss functions of behavior, how to best respond to problem behaviors when they occur, and strategies for preventing problem behavior from occurring in the first place.

Social Security 101

Tuesday, November 17, 2015; 9:30am - 11:00am
SSI or SSDI? What public benefits are you or your children entitled to? The workd of social security can be difficult to navigate. This workshop will overview the SSI and SSDI programs, eligibility for adults and children, and incentives to help you work. Presenter: Katie-Spielman, Attorney in the Office of Clints' Rights Advocacy

Parent Trainings

Stepping Stones

Tuesdays, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22, 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, and 1/26; 5:00pm - 8:00pm (12-week class)
This Positive Parenting Program is for San Francisco parents and guardians of children with disabilities. This program uses the things you already say, think, feel and do in new ways that: deal positively, consistently and decisively with problem behavior, build positive relationships with your children, and take care of yourself as a parent. Dinner included and attendees who complete the series will receive a graduation certificate and gift. Advanced registration is required for attendance.


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
  • Young AAC Kids Conversation Club
    One Saturday of the month.
    Saturday, October 17; 9:30am - 10:30am
    Saturday, November 7; 9:30am - 10:30am
    Saturday, December 12; 9:30am - 10:30am
  • Autism Support Group
    Fourth Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, October 27; 6:45pm-8:30pm
    Flyer [pdf]

  • Cantonese Speaking Parent Support Group
    Second Saturday of the month.
    Saturday, October 27; 1pm - 3pm
    Saturday, November 24; 1pm - 3pm
    Saturday, December 12; 1pm - 3pm
  • Down Syndrome Support Group
    Second Tuesday of the month.
    ON HOLD - call 415-920-5040 for the date of the next group.
  • Down Syndrome Support Group for Spanish-Speaking Parents
    First Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, October 6; 6pm - 8pm
    Tuesday, November 3; 6pm - 8pm
    Tuesday, December 1; 6pm - 8pm
  • Prader Willi Support Group
    Quarterly on Saturdays.
    Saturday, September 19; 10:15am - 1:30pm
  • Parents of Transition Age Youth
    First Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, October 6; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, November 3; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, December 1; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Preemie Support Group
    Third Thursday of the month.
    Call 415-920-5040 for next meeting date.
  • Sibling Support Group
    Third Saturday of the month.
    Saturday, October 17; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Saturday, November 21; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Saturday, December 19; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Spanish Autism Parent Support Group
    Second Thursday of the month.
    Thursday, October 15; 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Thursday, November 12; 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Thursday, December 10; 6:30pm-8:30pm
  • Spanish Speaking Parent Support Group
    Second Wednesday of the month.
    Wednesday, October 14; 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Canceled for November
  • Tube Feeding Support Group
    Fourth Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, October 27; 7pm - 8:15pm
    Tuesday, November 24; 7pm - 8:15pm
    Tuesday, December 22; 7pm - 8:15pm
  • Tuesday Night Support Group
    Second and Fourth Tuesdays of the month.
    Tuesday, October 13; 6:45pm-8:30pm
    Tuesday, October 27; 6:45pm-8:30pm
    Tuesday, November 10; 6:45pm-8:30pm
    Tuesday, November 24; 6:45pm-8:30pm
    Tuesday, December 8; 6:45pm-8:30pm
    Tuesday, December 22; 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


Saturday, Decmeber 19, 2015; 6:00pm - 8:00pm at Yerba Buena Ice Skating Center, 750 Folsom Street
Come enjoy an evening of ice skating, refreshments, and fun with your family and friends. Come say hi to Santa and pick up a free book! Skates will be provided to each guest and wheelchairs are also welcome on the ice. FREE for families of children with disabilities; suggested donation is $5-10/person. Space is limited and fills up very quickly.

This event is only for families of children with disabilities who have pre-registered for the event.

Please call our Warmline at (415) 920-5040 to reserve a space.

Sibling Recreational Group

Saturday, November 21; 10am - 1pm
Support for Families, 1663 Mission St 7th Floor, San Francisco
For 7 - 13 year old brothers and sisters of kids with disabilities or special health care needs. Based on the Sibshop model, this sibling group will include crafts, games, and other fun activities. Lunch included! Join us to: Meet other brothers and sisters of children with disabilities or special health care needs; Talk with other who “get it” about the good (and sometimes not so good!) parts of having a sib with special needs; Have fun!! Call 415-920-5040 or email to register. Flyer [pdf]

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.

Coffee Time with SFUSD Special Education Administration

Thursday, November 19; 5:45-6:30pm

(CAC) Community Advisory Committee Meeting

Thursday, November 19; 6:30pm - 8:00pm


Events Sponsored by Other Organizations

Ready.Set.Fly Arc/SFO Workshop
The Arc San Francisco
Saturday, September 26| 12:00 - 3:00pm
The Arc San Francisco
Our upcoming Arc/SFO air travel training workshop for families of children/adults with autism spectrum disorder or other developmental disabilities will provide clinical and behavioral strategies for travel success, planning tools for flight day and airport information about family lines, special assistance, TSA pre-check and more. Pizza; Healthy Snacks Provided; Child Monitoring (up to age 13) on-site. (Those 14+ can attend We Gotta Dance!, our monthly dance for clients of The Arc and peers). More Information

Other Opportunities for Input

Quality of life among parents of adult children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Wayne State University
Be a part of a research study investigating quality of life among parents of adult children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The purpose of this
study is to examine the effects of caring for an adult child with ASD on parents’ quality of life. Contributing factors, such as social support and burden, will be investigated. Interested participants will be entered into a raffle to receive a $25 gift card. More Information

Research Project for Toddlers with Severe Speech Difficulties
Communicative Disorders Program, Department of Special Education and Communicative Disorders, San Francisco State University
The project compares two language intervention approaches for teaching new vocabulary production to toddlers between the ages of 2-3 years who have severe speech difficulties and benefit from multi-modal augmentative and alternative communication. The children will receive 40 minutes of play-based therapy in their homes twice weekly, at no charge. The services are anticipated to be provided for 6 to 9 months. More Information

VocaliD: Custom Crafted Voices for AAC Users
More Information

UCSF Research Study – Autism Spectrum Disorders
The Brain Development Research Program, Dr. Elliott Sherr's at UCSF, is looking for volunteers to participate in a research study on Autism Spectrum Disorders. We are recruiting children ages 1+ who are typically developing to serve as control participants, and adults who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Our study is looking at biochemical changes in the blood that may help diagnose and treat ASD. Study participation will include a visit to UCSF for a blood draw, cognitive testing, and completion of neuropsychological surveys. Visits will range from 2-6 hours with some time completing surveys at home. All participants will be compensated $60 for completing the questionnaires and in-person cognitive testing, $20 for the blood draw, and parking at the UCSF Campus will be covered by the study ($80 each participant). More Information

Free Advocacy Classes/Group for Youth with Disabilities: Young Independent People (YIP)
Center for Independent Living
1st and 3rd Mondays of the month; 4:00pm – 6:00pm
CIL, 3075 Adeline St, Ste 100, Berkeley CA (near Ashby BART station)
Take action on issues that affect youth with disabilities! Meet other young people with disabilities, speak confidently about the issues that matter to you, learn to organize peers and other community members, and find your voice, be heard, and influence policymakers. Call (510) 841-4776 ext. 3133 for more information

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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