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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

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

December 18, 4:00pm-6:00pm

IEP English

January 8, 4:00pm-6:00pm

Transition to Adulthood

January 22, 2015; 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Get Organized

January 29, 2015; 4:00pm - 6:00pm

IEP Cantonese(個別化教育計劃(IEP)諮詢會)

February 5, 4:00pm-6:00pm


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

Executive Functioning: What It Is and How to Support It

Saturday January 10, 2015; 8:30am - 12:30pm
This talk will provide a definition of executive functioning as well as
descriptions of the potential implications of deficits in this area.
Basic principles of executive functioning intervention will be covered.
We will then discuss specific behavioral strategies to help
build executive functioning skills and compensate for deficits, as
well as technology to support these strategies. Presenter: Shayla
Hulgan, Learning Specialist, M.A. Hosted in collaboration with Parents
Education Network (PEN).

Summer for All: Planning a Successful Summer Program

Saturday February 14, 2015; 8:30am - 12:30pm
What, planning for summer already? Yes! Did you know that many
summer camp application deadlines are in March? Join us for an
overview of what families and caregivers should consider when
planning for their child's summer. What options are out there?
What are the accommodations and modifications that can be
made for your child? This workshop will also include a panel of
several summer camps and summer services representatives, who
will share their programs' requirements, deadlines and application
tips. Presenter: Felix Lopez, SFCD Education Coordinator, and various
representatives from summer programs

Make Your Worrier a Warrior

Tuesday February 17, 2015; 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Make Your Worrier a Warrior provides useful and comforting methods that parents can use to help their children create an anxiety-reducing “toolbox” to carry with them wherever they go. In building this foundation for their children, parents might even find that these strategies will work just as effectively to manage their own anxieties. Presenter: Dr. Dan Peters, Ph.D

Information & Resource Conference

Saturday, March 21, 2015; 8:30am - 3:30pm
Save the Date Flyer [pdf]


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
  • Evening Autism Support Group
    Fourth Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, January 27; 7:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Cantonese Speaking Parent Support Group
    Second Saturday of the month.
    Saturday, January 10; 1pm - 3pm
  • NEW: Dads Support Group
    Third Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, December 16; 6:00pm-7:30pm
  • Down Syndrome Support Group
    Second Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, January 13; 6:30pm-8:30pm
  • Prader Willi Support Group
    Quarterly on Saturdays.
  • Peer Group for Children with Cerebral Palsy
    Fourth Tuesday of the month, concurrent with parent support group.
    Tuesday, January 27; 4:45pm - 6:45pm
  • Parents of Children with Cerebral Palsy
    Fourth Tuesday of the month, concurrent with children peer group.
    Tuesday, January 27; 4:45pm - 6:45pm
  • Parents of Transition Age Youth
    First Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, January 6; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • NEW: Preemie Support Group
    Third Thursday of the month.
    Thursday, December 18; 7:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Spanish Speaking Parent Support Group
    Second Wednesday of the month.
    Wednesday, January 14; 10am - 12pm
  • Tube Feeding Support Group
    Fourth Tuesday of the month.
    Tuesday, January 27; 7pm - 8:15pm
  • Tuesday Night Support Group
    Second and Fourth Tuesdays of the month.
    Tuesday, December 9; 6:45pm-8:30pm
    Tuesday, January 13; 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

Holiday Ice Skating Party (FULL)

Saturday, December 20, 2014; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Yerba Buena Ice Skating Center, 750 Folsom St
Come enjoy an evening of ice skating, refreshments, and fun with your family and friends! Say hi to Santa and pick up a free book! Flyer (English, Spanish, Cantonese) [pdf] This event is full, but call 415-920-5040 to be put on the waitlist.


Community Advisory Committee for Special Education

Repeats every fourth Thursday of the month unless otherwise noted.

Coffee Time with SFUSD Special Education Administration

Thursday, January 22; 5:45-6:30pm

(CAC) Community Advisory Committee Meeting

Thursday, January 22; 6:30pm - 8:00pm


Events Sponsored by Other Organizations

We Gotta Dance! Dances for People with Disabilities
The Arc San Francisco
3rd Friday of the Month (Dec 18, Jan 16); 6:00pm doors open
1500 Howard St (at 11th St), San Francisco
More Information

Free Intro Classes! Social Skills Play Group Starting in January
Bay Area Music Therapy
6-week program on Sundays starting January 4, 2015; 10:00am – 11:00am
Free Introductory Group Sessions: December 7 & 14, 10:00am – 11:00am
5212 Claremont Ave, Oakland, CA 94618
Join us at a Music Therapy Social Skills Group, building social connections through music and play. For children ages 4-6 with special needs. Facilitated by Board Certified Music Therapist Julia Beth Runkle MT-BC and Bay Area Music Therapy Founder Ian Wilkerson, MT-BC. Must RSVP; space is limited. To register, call 707-595-0995 or email

Hanen Program: It Takes Two to Talk (In SPANISH)
CPMC Child Development Center
Orientation Meeting: Monday, January 12th; 10:00am (Classes Monday 1/26 – 4/6)
This class is a great introduction to speech therapy, as it educates parents about language delays and how children learn language. The focus is empowering parents to take an active part in their child’s intervention.  Intervention includes both parent classes with video examples and home programs as well as individual videotaped coaching sessions with the parent and child. More Information

Puppy Dog Tales
The Contemporary Jewish Museum
Sunday, Jan 18 | 12:30-1:00pm & 1:30-2:00pm; Sunday, Feb 8| 12:30-1:00pm & 1:30-2:00pm; Sunday, Feb 22| 10:30-11:00am & 11:30-12:00pm
The Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., San Francisco
FREE with advance registration, email Join us for a special reading of the Mr. Lunch books in partnership with the San Francisco SPCA’s Puppy Dog Tales. Children will have the opportunity to engage in active reading sessions with lovable canine companions.  What better way to experience the adventures of Mr. Lunch!

Other Opportunities for Input

Call for Entries: Art Slam 2015
Open House and Disability Arts Festival, de Young Museum, San Francisco
Art Slam 2015 is the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s seventh annual slide exhibition of works by artists with disabilities, developed in partnership with the Access Advisors of the Fine Arts Museums and community members. More Information

CTTI Now Accepting Applications for Individual Patient/Caregiver Representatives
Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI)
Are you a patient or caregiver who is passionate about improving the clinical trial process? Do you have a thorough understanding of the clinical trial system and related regulations? Would you like to be involved with an organization that brings together the diverse stakeholders involved in the clinical trials enterprise to bring about positive change? CTTI is now accepting applications, through December 10, 214, for individual Patient/Caregiver Representatives. More Information

UCSF TARA Study seeks teens with depression or anxiety
The UCSF TARA study is recruiting adolescents with symptoms of depression or anxiety. Participants will learn yoga, breathing, and meditation skills that can help them slow down, feel more safe and calm, regulate emotions, and improve attention and focus. Participants will continue their current mental health care while participating in the study and will also be paid $200 for 4 study assessment visits and 12 study classes over 6 months.  The study classes will start on January 15, 2015. If you would like more information about the study, please contact Vierka Goldman at or (415) 353-7561. 

Parent/Caregiver Survey about Children Mental Health Services
The National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health (FFCMH) & the REACH Institute
Please take 10 minutes to complete this anonymous survey. We will use the information we gather to develop strategies for helping families get the best mental health treatment for their children. We believe that parents need to be fully informed about the type of treatment their child is receiving so that they can make informed decisions on the effectiveness of that treatment. More Information

Stanford Study on Severe Problem Behavior
The Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR), Stanford University
The study will evaluate how environmental and biological factors affect the display of severe problem behavior in adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Eligible participants will travel to Stanford for a comprehensive behavioral assessment.  All travel arrangements and expenses will be provided free of charge.  Families will also receive a report summarizing the results of the assessment and a $100 honorarium. 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.

CDE Survey: Partnering with Parents
California Department of Education - Special Education Division
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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