Special Education Community Events and News

Special Education Community Event Calendar

Weekly on Thursdays 6:00-7:00pm: Beginner Level Virtual ASL Classes

SFUSD Family & Staff Virtual ASL Classes

For families and staff virtually on Zoom, every Thursday 6:00-7:00pm until May 30, 2024

(No class on April 11, 2024)

Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/8999961619

Meeting ID: 899 996 1619

Monthly: FREE Support for Families Workshops & Clinics

Monthly on Thursday's: Individualized Education Program (IEP) Clinics

Presented by SFCD. Offered in English, Spanish and Cantonese. 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.

To register, please call our Warmline at 415-920-5040, email info@supportforfamilies.org,
or click the registration link below.

Presented in Cantonese: 1st Thursdays; 6-7:00pm
Presented in English: 2nd Thursdays; 4-6:00pm
Presented in Spanish: 3rd Thursdays; 4-6:00pm


Click here to register for the English IEP Clinic

Haga clic aquí para registrarse a la Clínica de IEP en español

Monthly: National Alliance Mental Illness SF - FREE Public Programming

Monthly Programs

Thursday, April 4 @ 6:00 - 7:00p | Wednesday, April 17 @ 12:00 - 1:00p: Volunteer Open House

Want to learn about ways to get involved and give back? Check out the Open House! Volunteers are at the heart of the NAMI SF mission and there are tons of ways to get involved. The Open House is a great space to meet staff and explore available positions. Monthly on the first Thursday and third Wednesday. Zoom

Thursday, April 11 @ 6:00 - 7:00p: In Our Own Voice

Signature NAMI program highlighting community member voices. Volunteers will share about their experience living with mental health conditions, discussing in a candid manner when they first developed symptoms, how their symptoms evolved, the self-care practices they employ, and overall reflections on their journey. For all community members! Monthly on the second ThursdayZoom

Sunday, April 21 @ 10:00 - 10:45a: Community Art Class

NAMI SF is hosting free monthly art classes on the third Sunday of every month! Creating art can help focus, reduce stress and anxiety, boost creativity and expression, and is a great way to engage in community. Open to folks of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. Monthly on the third Sunday. Zoom


April Programs

Wednesday, April 17 @ 6:00 - 7:30p: Communication Workshop

If you are living with a mental health condition it can be difficult to communicate your needs to those around you. Similarly, caring for a loved one living with a mental health challenge can make communication difficult. Led by trained NAMI class teachers, this workshop will offer techniques to help you better communicate with your friends and family. The workshop will include breakout rooms and an opportunity to practice using new techniques. Zoom. 

Jueves 25 de Abril @ 6:00 - 7:00p: Salud Mental 101 (En Español!)

Una presentación enfocada en la experiencia de la comunidad latina/hispanohablante con la salud mental, Incluyendo información específica de la comunidad sobre factores contribuyentes, barreras para la atención y prácticas para apoyarse a usted mismo y a sus seres queridos. Zoom. 

Thursday, April 25 @ 6:00 - 7:00p: Mental Health 101 (In Spanish!) (Same as event listed immediately above)

Presentation focusing on the Latinx / Spanish-language community’s experience with mental health, including community-specific information on contributing factors, barriers to care, and practices for supporting yourself and loved ones. Zoom.

Volunteer Presenter Training: Want to share your story of living with a mental health condition with high school students? If so, check out the upcoming volunteer presenter training! This is a great opportunity to have direct community touch in the classroom, memorialize your story of living with a mental health condition, and support high school student wellness.

When: Monday, April 15 | 5:30 - 6:30pm | Virtual. 

Requirements: Identify as a peer (experience a mental health condition / mental illness). Must be between ages 18-30. 

Compensation: $50 to complete training. $35/presentation + transportation reimbursement.

More Information / Register: Click Here or email Andrew (andrew@namisf.org). 


Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage x Mental Health Awareness Month (May)

In May NAMI San Francisco is producing an event series, NAMI SF x AAPI Mental Health, focusing on Asian American mental health. Check out the events below!

Thursday, May 9 @ 6:00 - 7:00p: In Our Own Voice (featuring AAPI Voices!)

Thursday, May 23 @ 6:00 - 7:30p: Asian American & Pacific Islander Mental Health Summit: Generational Trauma & and the Family Collective

Thursday, May 30 @ 6:00 - 7:00p: Parents as Allies & Advocates in Cantonese (stay tuned for registration information)

Sun Apr 7 @ 3:00-5:00pm: SFASA Autism on Tap

The San Francisco Bay Area Autism Society invites you to join them @ Pier 23 for a friendly gathering for autism and special education families overlooking the Bay. 

When:  Sunday, April 7, 2024, 3pm to 6pm

Where:  Pier 23, San Francisco

What: A fun gathering for everyone in your family to relax, eat, drink, and mingle!

This event is free for SFASA families, but registration is required at SFAutismSociety.org

Register Here

Mon Apr 8 @ 7:00 - 8:30pm: DREDF - Special Education: IEP Basics & Beyond

An overview of the special education process, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Laws Special. You must register in advance for this training.

Interpretation/Accommodations: If you need accommodations to participate in any of our training or presentations, please contact hmin@dredf.org or call 510 644-2555 as soon as possible. We generally need 10 days to arrange these, and we want to make sure you are included!

Note: We offer all our DREDF Special Education training in Spanish and post other training that may be of interest where we are participating but not hosting on our website as well. Visit DREDF's Special Education Trainings page for more information.

You must register in advance for this meeting, which can be done using this registration link.

Fri Apr 12 @ 5:30-6:00pm: Golden State Warriors Autism Acceptance Night- Game and Pre-Game Shootaround

When:  Friday, April 12, 2024 - PREGAME SHOOT AROUND EXPERIENCE is from 5:30-6:00PM, but game itself starts at 7pm
Where:  Chase Center, Home of the Golden State Warriors  
What: Watch the pre-game shoot around/warmup on the lower level — and Autism Awareness Night: The Golden State Warriors. ***IMPORTANT - You must also purchase a ticket separately to the game to attend this pre-game shoot-around warmup event.***
More info: Please email events@sfautismsociety.org. Further details will be provided after you register.

Learn more about this event on the SF Autism Society website!

Sat Apr 20 @ 11:00-11:45am: SF Chamber Orchestra Presents a Sensory-Friendly Family Concert

When:  Saturday, April 20, 2024, 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Doors Open at 10:30 AM

Where:  Noe Valley Ministry -1021 Sanchez Street. San Francisco, CA 94114

What: Free!!! We’re excited to launch the SFCO’s first program designed with our Neurodiverse community in mind. What does that mean? We’ll refrain from sudden loud sounds, our string quartet will be an appropriate volume for the size of the venue, and the seating will be a bit farther apart. There will also be some fun, hands-on activities for kids 0-12 who wish to participate.  

Additional Info: A Sensory Friendly Family Concert for Neurodiversity — San Francisco Chamber Orchestra (thesfco.org)

Sun Apr 21 @ 11:00am: SF Autism Society Hike in Pacifica

San Pedro Valley Park Walk, Sunday, April 21, 2024, 11 AM start
Location:  San Pedro Valley Park, 600 Oddstad Blvd., Pacifica, CA. From Route 1 (Cabrillo Highway), take Linda Mar Blvd. until it ends at Oddstad Blvd., turn right and then immediately left again on Trout Farm Road to the parking area. Meet at the Visitor Center building.
Date/Time: Sunday, April 21, 2024 11 AM (note that we are trying an 11 AM start rather than the usual 10 AM)
RSVP to Lisa at llouis@sonic.net, RSVP recommended but not required
Meeting Location: Meet at the San Pedro Valley Park Visitor Center which is near the parking area
Getting There: From Route 1 (Cabrillo Highway) in Pacifica, take Linda Mar Blvd. until it ends at Oddstad Blvd., turn right and then immediately left again on Trout Farm Road to the parking area. Meet at the Visitor Center building.
Description: Join Lisa Louis (of hikingautism.com) and family for an easy 2 mile walk on the relatively flat Weiler Ranch Road Trail. There are also benches along the way for those who need breaks. This is a good walk for small children and beginners to try. More adventurous hikers have the option to also try the more challenging trails at the park (see Montara Mountain hike link below). We usually see rabbits and California quail on this trail, and have also seen deer, wild turkeys, and snakes. It’s an easy trail with lots of wildlife!
For more info on hikes in this area:

Lunes Apr 22 @ 7:00-8:30pm: DREDF- Educación Especial: Información Básica y Esencial

Una descripción general del proceso de educación especial, la Ley de Rehabilitación sección 504 y la Ley de Educación para Personas con Discapacidades (IDEA – por sus siglas en ingles). Debe registrarse con anticipación para esta capacitación.

Enlace de registro

Thurs Apr 25 @ 6:00-8:00pm: April CAC Meeting- Autism



Date & Time: THURSDAY, April 25, 2024 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: Support for Families of Children with Disabilities, 832 Folsom St, Suite 1001 (10th Floor), San Francisco, CA, 94107

Please join the CAC for a presentation from the SF Autism Society. The Autism Society supports the Autism community through a variety of initiatives, including affiliate networks, public policy, training, and safety. Learn how you can take action to help empower the Autism community.

Register Here

Please help us spread the word and share our flier!

Printable translations: English I Spanish I Cantonese I Arabic I Tagalog I Vietnamese

Reunión del CAC de abril sobre autismo

四月 CAC 自閉症會議

Register for Zoom

Register for in-person

ASL and interpretation services are available with advance notice. To reserve, please send an email to cacspedsf@gmail.com or call 415-447-7802.

Sat Apr 27 @ 11:00am-2:00pm: Spring Forward Family Festival

Join Support for Families, SF Department of Early Childhood, and Compass Family Services for the Spring Forward Family Festival!

There will be FREE, fun, inclusive activities, entertainment and food! Open to all families & especially designed to welcome families of children with disabilities and complex medical needs.

Location: Yerba Buena Children's Garden, Howard St & 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Register Here

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