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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.

IEP Cantonese(個別化教育計劃(IEP)諮詢會)

August 6; 6:00pm-8:00pm (no clinic in July)

IEP English

August 13; 4:00pm-6:00pm (no clinic in July)

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

August 20; 4:00pm-6:00pm (no clinic in July)

Transition to Adulthood

August 27; 4:00pm - 6:00pm (no clinic in July)

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.

Improving IEP Outcomes

Saturday, August 8, 2015; 8:30am - 12:30pm
8:30am: check-in, light refreshments served; 9am: workshop begins. Come and join us as a former Director of Special Education teaches you the ins and outs of the IEP process. Her experience will provide valuable insights into many aspect of the IEP process that previously unexplained. Some topic covered will be:" How to properly prepare for your IEP," "How to control the meeting so you are in charge," "The inside secrets of every district," "What you need to know but ‘they’ don't tell you," "Who to take with you" and many more. Presenter: Martina Sholiton, founder and CEO of PACES. Flyer [pdf] REGISTER ONLINE

Social Security Overpayments

Tuesday, August 18, 2015; 6:00pm - 8:30pm
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, Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy, Disability Rights California. REGISTER ONLINE

Ages and Stages Questionairre (ASQ-3)

ENGLISH: Friday, August 28, 2015 from 8:30am to 1:00pm
SPANISH: Saturday, August 29, 2015 from 8:30am to 1:00pm
MANDARIN: Saturday, August 29, 2015 from 8:30am to 1:00pm
Presented by San Francisco Inclusion Networks, a program of Support for Families.

IEP Development & Dynamics: Making Sure Your Voice is Heard

Saturday, September 12, 2015; 8:30am - 12:30pm
8:30am: check-in, light breakfast served; 9am: workshop begins.
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, Executive Director and Founder of Community Alliance for Special Education

Limited Conservatorship: Protecting Your Loved One with a Developmental Disability

Thursday, September 17, 2015; 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Conservatorship is an important step for family members of a developmentally disabled individual transitioning into adulthood. Learn how a limited conservatorship can protect your loved one through his or her lifetime. This workshop will cover an overview of what conservatorship entails and the steps necessary to establish a conservatorship through the courts. Presenter: Alexis Lynch, Attorney

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
  • Autism Support Group
    Fourth Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, July 28; 6:30pm - 8:30pm
    Flyer [pdf]
  • Cantonese Speaking Parent Support Group
    Second Saturday of the month.
    Saturday, July 11; 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, August 4, 2015; 6pm - 8pm
  • Prader Willi Support Group
    Quarterly on Saturdays.
    Call 415-920-5040 for the date of the next group.
  • Parents of Transition Age Youth
    First Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, July 7; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Preemie Support Group
    Third Thursday of the month.
    Thursday, July 16; 7:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Sibling Recreational Group
    Saturday, July 18; 10:00am - 1:00pm
  • Spanish Speaking Parent Support Group
    Second Wednesday of the month.
    Wednesday, July 8; 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Tube Feeding Support Group
    Fourth Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, July 28; 7pm - 8:15pm
  • Tuesday Night Support Group
    Second and Fourth Tuesdays of the month.
    Tuesday, July 14; 6:45pm-8:30pm
    Tuesday, July 28; 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

Patxi's Pizza Noe Valley Fundraiser

Wednesday, August 12; All Day (Social Hour from 5:30 - 7:30pm)
4042 24th St, SF
Let's fundraise over pizza, salads, and more! Flyer [pdf]

August Sibling Recreational Group

Saturday, August 15; 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]

FAMILY ACCESS DAY at the de Young Museum: Gallery Tour and Art Workshop [FULL]

Saturday, September 12 11:00am-1:00pm de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, SF 94118
ROAR! Get wild about art! Families with children of all ages and abilities are invited to join a hands-on art workshop and a tour of animals in the permanent collection. FREE for families of children with disabilities or special needs. Space is limited so reserve a spot today! This event is generously supported by the de Youngsters. Flyer [pdf] Register Online or call 415-920-5040 to register.

Wine+Design 2015

Friday, October 9; 6pm - 10pm
The Galleria, San Francisco Design Center
A fundraiser benefit for Support for Families. Join us for a great party for a great cause! Visit the Wine + Design page to reserve tickets and for more information


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, August 27; 5:45-6:30pm

(CAC) Community Advisory Committee Meeting

Thursday, August 27; 6:30pm - 8:00pm


Events Sponsored by Other Organizations

Ready.Set.Fly Arc/SFO Workshop
The Arc San Francisco
Friday, August 21 | 6:00-7:30pm
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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