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2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

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(B1) Supporting Healthy Sexuality in Your Teenaged Son

(B2) Dyslexia for a Day: A Simulation of Dyslexia

(B3) What I Wish I Knew - CAC Parent Leaders share their advice and recommendations on how to successfully advocate for your child’s educational needs

(B4) The IHSS Secret Service of Protective Supervision

(B5) Building your Growth Mindset at Home

(B6) Effective Collaboration between Families & Special Education Services

(B7) The ABLE Act

(B8) How do you move from IEP Participant to Facilitator? Strategies to increase your leadership in the development of your child’s IEP.

(B9) Hey! My kid isn’t just another patient!: How to effectively communicate/advocate for your child with their doctor. Special focus on the transition to adult health care.

(B10) What is Sensory Processing and How it Affects Attention and Behavior

(B11) Navigating Outside of School Time

(B12) Supporting Autonomy and Self-Direction through Alternatives to Conservatorship

(B1) Supporting Healthy Sexuality in Your Teenaged Son

Erica Monasterio, Clinical Professor Emerita, UCSF

Young men with disabilities and their families struggle to manage the changes in mood, behavior and sexual expression that come along with being a teen. Learn about adolescent sexual development, supporting your son in normative romantic and sexual interests and expression, and problem-solving related to challenging behaviors related to sexuality and sexual drive.

 

(B2) Dyslexia for a Day: A Simulation of Dyslexia

Megan Potente, M.Ed., San Francisco regional Leader, Decoding Dyslexia

Participants will learn about dyslexia and what those with dyslexia often experience with reading, writing, and processing.  The session will take participants through a series of simulations designed to help individuals gain a better understanding of and empathy for those children and adults who struggle with dyslexia.

 

(B3) What I Wish I Knew - CAC Parent Leaders share their advice and recommendations on how to successfully advocate for your child’s educational needs

Lee Fisher, Julia Martin and  Past Leaders of the CAC

Do IEP meetings make you anxious? Does dealing with your child’s school leave you feeling overwhelmed and frustrated? Are you worried about your child’s future? For students with disabilities, the path to a good education and a successful future is not always clear and sometimes it can feel like you and your child’s school have different goals. In this workshop, current and former leaders of the CAC will share what they wish they had known about collaborating with their child’s school and advocating for their children with disabilities. It is not an easy road but we can help you find a way through

 

(B4) The IHSS Secret Service of Protective Supervision

Myra Galt, , Executive Director & Authorized Representative, GALT ADVOCACY

This workshop will help parents to identify if their child is eligible for Protective Supervision (PS). What are regulations behind IHSS PS. Why would a parent be paid up to $4000 or more a month to care for their child (young or old).

 

(B5) Building your Growth Mindset at Home

Maisie Soetantyo, M.Ed, clinical Director, CATCH Clinic

Are you wondering about your special needs family member's future; if he/she will be able to live an independent life and navigate relationships with others? Come join ASD Relationship expert Maisie Soetantyo, M.Ed. to share in the video journeys of a few individuals diagnosed with Autism, from childhood to adulthood. Each one of them started with their parents guiding them at home using real world opportunities. Take home valuable tips that you can try as a parent or professional to begin a remediation journey with your family. Learn about the concept of the "Growth Mindset" and how to practice it at home using simple daily activities. 

 

(B6) Effective Collaboration between Families & Special Education Services

Laura Savage, Former Ombudsman, and Dr. John Taylor, Program Administrator for ADR, SFUSD

Do you find it difficult to partner with your student's teachers? Miscommunication is at the root of many disagreements between families and school site staff. This workshop aims to assist families in improving their communication with district staff when they advocate on behalf of their student, in an IEP meeting or any other setting. We'll explore ways to change our thinking and communication approach for the benefit of students.

 

(B7) The ABLE Act

Stephen Dale, Attorney, The Dale Law Firm, PC

The workshop will discuss the ABLE Act legislation in California and how it can be used to help people with disabilities have more financial options and more control over their lives.  Through case study illustrations, participants will learn exactly what is involved with an ABLE account and walk away with knowing how to sign up and use in conjunction with a Special Needs Trust.  

 

(B8) How do you move from IEP Participant to Facilitator? Strategies to increase your leadership in the development of your child’s IEP.

Aisha Money, Education Specialist/Consultant, Innovative Education

This workshop will cover specific strategies parents can incorporate to ensure proper preparation and implementation of their child’s IEP. The information outlined in this presentation will increase your capacity to act as a facilitator in the IEP process.

 

(B9) Hey! My kid isn’t just another patient!: How to effectively communicate/advocate for your child with their doctor. Special focus on the transition to adult health care.

Megumi Okumura, MD MAS, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

We will focus on how to communicate with your doctor and how to advocate for your child across different providers and health care settings.  We will discuss how to prepare for changes when considering transferring to an adult healthcare provider.

 

(B10) What is Sensory Processing and How it Affects Attention and Behavior

Julia Harris, OTR/L, OT Studio

Sensory Processing is the foundational piece of how we all take in information from our environment and respond to it.  When this filtering mechanism is working, we have focus, attention and self-regulation.  Challenges in processing this sensory input can affect a child’s behavior in the school environment and interaction with their peers and cause chaos at home. This workshop will provide strategies and tools to assist a child through calming and organizing activities that help support their success in school, with peers and at home. 

 

(B11) Navigating Outside of School Time

Jessica Huey, Recreation Specialist, SF REC & Parks

San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department's Therapeutic Recreation offers programs for youth with disabilities. Help us pave the road for our programs and services. Have you heard of our upcoming pilot for an after school program? Help us discover and navigate the way!

 

(B12) Supporting Autonomy and Self-Direction through Alternatives to Conservatorship

Patricia Mejia, Community Liaison/Program Manager,  UCSF - UCSF - Office of Developmental Primary Care

Supported Decision-Making, an (less expensive!) alternative to conservatorship, is a practice that respects the right of people with disabilities to make their own choices with the support of people they trust. It is based on the understanding that people with disabilities have the same right as everyone else to direct their own lives. Research shows that people with disabilities who have more control over their lives have better life outcomes, including improved health, welfare, and independence. This talk provides an overview of Supported Decision-Making principles.