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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)
June 2nd; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
August 4th; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
September 1st; 6:00pm - 8:00p-m


IEP English
June 9th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
August 11th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
September 8th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm


IEP Spanish (Clínica Programa de Educación Individualizada (IEP) - Español)
June 16th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
August 18th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
September 15th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm


Transition to Adulthood
May 26th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
June 23rd; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
August 25th; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
September 22nd; 4:00pm - 6:00pm


iPads for Communication English
May 21st; 1:00pm - 3:00pm
June 2nd; 4:00pm - 6:00pm
June 18th; 1:00pm - 3:00pm


iPads for Communication Spanish
June 1st; 10:00am - 12:00pm
June 15th; 5:30pm - 7:30pm

iPads for Communication Cantonese
May 28th; 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.

7 Steps to Special Needs Peace of Mind
Saturday, August 13th; 8:30am - 12:30pm

Please join us for an exciting new workshop: The 7 Steps to Special Needs Peace of Mind. Realistic and achievable steps so you can worry less about your child’s care and future.
Be prepared: This is NOT your normal special needs workshop. Fast, informative, and fun – we guarantee that the 7 Steps Workshop will be unlike anything you’ve ever heard before. We’re simply going to turn your traditional special needs planning notions on their head.
Presenter: Michael Pearce, Special Needs Attorney

Other Workshops

Book Talk: Author Eve Megargel
Tuesday, June 21st; 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Learning to Kiss is an unflinching and triumphant portrait of a nonverbal young man on the autism spectrum who responds to his litany of medical issues with courage and determination to communicate.

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.


IEP Develpment & Dynamics: Make Sure Your Voice is Heard
Saturday, September 10th; 8:30am - 12:30pm

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


Finding Assets to Employment in Children with Disabilities
Thursday, September 29th; 9:00am - 12:00pm

Many times we focus on the disability of the young person and miss opportunities to point out their hidden assets to employment. Young people with disabilities themselves often feel like they have nothing going for them and that certainly they will not be able to become employed. Hidden assets can be found in interests, abilities, beliefs, values, in the disability and in other parts of the young person's life. When these assets are brought to the surface and discussed, it makes it possible for a young person to become more confident about being successful in the world of work. In young children connecting their positive attributes to the world of work can be an incredibly powerful way to open the conversation about employment in an age appropriate way. The Digging for Gold Process transforms the focus on limitations and shifts it to a focus on vocational ability and potential! Do not miss this training if you want to build the belief in employability and having a place in the labor market!
Presenter: Larry Robbin


Parent Trainings


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; 11:30am -12:20pm
    May 21st
    June 18th
  • Autism Support Group
    Fourth Tuesday of the month; 6:30pm - 8:15pm
    May 24th
    June 28th
    July 26th
    August 23rd
    September 23rd

  • Cantonese Speaking Parent Support Group
    Second Saturday of the month; 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    June 11th
    July 9th
    August 13th
    September 10th

  • Chinatown Child Development Center (CCDC) Group
    Third Monday of the month; 9:30am -12:00pm
    June 20th
    July 18th
    August 15th
    September 19th
    Location: Chinatown Child Development Center, San Francisco
  • 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; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    June 7th
    July 5th
    August 2nd
    September 6th
  • Prader Willi Support Group
    Quarterly on Saturdays. Call 415-920-5040 for more information.
  • Sibling Support Group
    Third Saturday of the month; 10:00am - 1:00pm
    May 21st
    June 18th
    July 16th
    August 20th
    September 17th
  • Spanish Autism Parent Support Group
    Third Tuesday of the month; 6:30pm - 8:15pm
    June 21st
    August 16th
    September 19th

  • Spanish Down Syndrome Support Group
    First Tuesday of the month; 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    June 7th
    July 5th
    August 2nd
    September 6th
  • Spanish Speaking Parent Support Group
    Second Wednesday of the month; 10:00am - 12:00pm
    June 8th
    July 13th
    August 10th
    September 14th
  • Tuesday Night Support Group
    Beginning May 3rd, Tuesday Night Support Group will meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month; 6:45pm - 8:30pm
    June 7th
    June 21st
    July 5th
    July 19th
    August 2nd
    August 16th
    September 6th
    September 20th
    For Parents of Infants & Young Children with special health care needs 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


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.

Please call 415-920-5040 to register.

English, Spanish, Chinese Flyer PDF


Events Sponsored by Other Organizations

Bay Area Parent Special Needs Camps
Summer 2016
Great list of Bay Area Summer Camps for children with special needs, organized by diagnosis.
More information

Pomeroy Recreation & Rehabilitation Center Summer Programs
Summer 2016
Pomeroy is hosting several summer camps for children with disabilities this summer, and registration is open now!  Occupational therapy and Saturday programs available as well.
More information

Camping Unlimited: Camp Krem
Summer 2016
An inclusive summer camp for children with disabilities, Camp Krem is offering several camps this summer, including Travel Camp and Outdoor Adventure Camp
More information

Preschool PEERS: A social skills group for young children with ASD.
A 16-week parent-assisted social skills intervention for children with ASD between the ages of 4 and 6.
More information
Music Therapy Social Skills Group for Children with Special Needs
(Ages 5-7)
The group will participate in singing, instrument play, movement to music, and music activities/games to increase social awareness, learn to cooperate with others, develop social/emotional skills, and to improve sharing and turn-taking.
More information

"Why is Language Critical for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Children?"
Thursday, May 19th; 10:00am - 12:00pm
CA School for the Deaf, Fremont, is preventing this FREE event for parents and providers.  Spanish interpreting service request by May 13.
More information
San Francisco's Roller Disco at Church of 8 Wheels
Saturday, May 21st
A FREE event for families and their deaf and heard of hearing children.
More information

24th Annual Epilepsy Awareness Stroll
Saturday, May 21st; 8:00am - 1:00pm
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, CA
More information
Free Film Screening: Normal People Scare Me Too
Saturday, May 21st; 10:00am
A decade after the award-winning film Normal People Scare Me was released, Taylor Cross, the film's co-creator, is at it again.  In the new Normal, he interviews former and new cast members and family about attitudes and first-person perspectives in autism today.
More information

San Francisco HA Community Meet N' Greet
Saturday, May 21st; 10:30am - 12:30pm
Meet new friends, share stories, and learn more about hydrocephalus from an expert, Dr. Nalin Gupta, MD. PhD., Chief of Neurological Surgery at UCSF & Ms. Randi Corey, HA Director of Specila Events.
More information

Ability Tools Reuse Conference
Monday, June 20th - June 21st
This exciting conference will bring together people from around the country who are working in or want to work in the reuse of assistive technology and durable medical equipment.
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.

Other Opportunities for Input

Identifying What People with Physical Disabilities Want and Need to Know about Employment
The purpose of this study is to obtain information from people with physical disabilities regarding barriers to employment, work supports, and means of obtaining information about employment services and strategies. To participate, you must be of working age (age 18 to 65) and have one or more of the following disabilities: spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, or other physical disabilities such as arthritis.  You may participate whether you are employed or unemployed.
More information

Share your input with SFUSD!
We know there are lots of families who want their voices heard but just can’t squeeze in another meeting. So we are making it easy. ( Well…easier.)  We have created a Family Checklist you can complete on-line. This will help you share your ideas with SFUSD as it creates its annual plan to improve our schools.
More Information, English
More Information, Spanish
More Information, Chinese

Parent Input Regarding Child's Experiences in Math Needed
Marilou Edrosa, M.A., Special Education, is looking for parents who meet any one of the following criteria: Parents of English learners (speak conversational English); Parents of speical needs students; parents of students whose home language is Filipino.
For more information, email Marilou Edrosa at


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