Announcements, Community Events and Special Education in the News

Community Event Calendar

October 10 @ 4pm - A Celebration of Black Disabled Joy

Black Disabled Joy & Disability Visability

This webinar is co-organized by the Disability Visibility Project and the Longmore Institute on Disability. Join us for a conversation about Black disabled joy with Keah Brown, Britney Wilson, and Alice Wong; moderated by Vilissa K. Thompson, LMSW. Keah and Britney are contributors in Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century, a new anthology edited by Alice. Keah Brown is a journalist, screenwriter and author of The Pretty One (Atria Books, 2019). Britney Wilson is a civil rights attorney, writer, and advocate from Brooklyn, NY. Vilissa K. Thompson is a disability rights consultant, writer, activist from Winnsboro, SC, and the creator of #DisabilityTooWhite.

Oct. 16-18 - Superfest Disability Film Festival

We're excited to announce that tickets for this year's Superfest are now available! 

Superfest Disability Film Festival is the longest running disability film festival in the world. Since 1970, we’ve celebrated cinema that portrays disability through a diverse, unabashed and engaging lens, and we can't wait to share this beloved Bay Area event with new friends far and wide due to this year's online format. 

From our opening night's program dedicated to celebrating black disabled lives in film to our Saturday and Sunday shorts programs, which feature disability stories you won't find anywhere else, you will not want to miss this rich weekend of disability culture and community. 

  • The festival will run October 16th through 18th and will take place all online.
  • Tickets will be sold on a sliding scale from $0 - $50. 
  • All tickets grant access to three screenings, a total of fifteen films shot and filmed in seven countries, and four live panel conversations with filmmakers and jurors.
  • All screenings are distinct and live. Asynchronous viewing is not available to protect our filmmakers' copyrights.

View the film lineup here.


Access at Superfest

We strive for accessibility with audio description, captioning, and ASL/CART.

This year, because everything is all virtual, we will be offering two rooms for each screening, one with open audio description and one with closed. Both rooms will be showing the same films. Both rooms will also have open captions. All panels will include live captioning as well as ASL interpretation.

Your donation sustains Superfest throughout the year. With your support we are able to expand the festival, reach more of our community and sponsor travel for international filmmakers.


Superfest is hosted by 
The Longmore Institute on Disability

Oct 22 @ 6:00pm - Community Advisory Committee General Meeting

MEETING TOPIC - Board of Education Candidate Forum

Please join the CAC at their October meeting. We will be hosting a forum to hear more from the candidates that are running for the SFUSD Board of Education. The focus of this forum will be on Special Education in SFUSD. All candidates have been sent a questionnaire. Responses will be posted to our website by October 3rd!




Please join us for a question + answer session with the candidates running for the SFUSD Board of Education.

For information on all the candidates running, please visit the San Francisco Department of Elections website.

SFUSD Board of Education Candidates:

  • Alida Fisher

  • Andrew Douglas Alston

  • Genevieve Lawrence

  • Jenny Lam

  • Kevine Boggess

  • Mark Sanchez

  • Matt Alexander

  • Michelle Parker

  • Nick Rothman

  • Paul Kangas

There are ten (10) candidates running for four (4) open seats. Each of the candidates have been sent an invitation to participate. Attendance will be confirmed as soon as possible.


  • Chair Report

  • Membership Report

  • Public Comment + Announcements




Meetings hosted on Zoom and Facebook Live. Zoom login information will be emailed directly to participants. Please subscribe below to receive updates and meeting notifications.


Interpretation is provided if reserved in advance. To reserve please email


To register in advance for this meeting, sign up here.

Nov 15 - Autism Speaks - San Francisco Virtual Walk

San Francisco Walk - Autism Speaks

Event Details

This year, we're getting creative and giving you several exciting options to determine how you want to come together as a community (in person or in spirit!), and celebrate how your commitment to raising vital funds for people with autism is making a real difference today and every day. (Walk News & Updates)

Option 1 – Go virtual and bring Walk home!

There is just as much fun to be had when you participate from home. Walk 1.54 miles with your friends and family (for the 1 in 54 U.S. kids with autism) or get together with your team to celebrate locally while maintaining safe social distancing recommendations.

Option 2 – Show us how you Walk to the beat of your own drum. Get creative!

If there's one thing we know about our Walk community... it's that there's no shortage of ways you show how much you care about people with autism. So, get those creative wheels turning, and show us your amazing, inspiring and shareable ideas (neighborhood car parade of your own? community scavenger hunt? sidewalk chalk art installation? online Bingo?) to celebrate Walk a little differently this year. Who knows, maybe your idea will inspire other Walkers to do the same!

Whether you're on the spectrum, love someone who is or are looking to support a diverse, accepting and kind community — you're invited. And no matter how you choose to join us, the way that works for you is the right way to participate.

Keep checking in so you don't miss a thing as we add new activities and details. Walk day is coming fast and we could not be more excited to see your smiling faces (from a safe distance!), your decorated cars, the signs in your yards and how you'll get creative to raise awareness and create a kinder, more inclusive world.

Our strength as a community is powered by love and built on the commitment of individuals like you. Start a team, join a team or come on your own. Walk and fundraise together to enhance the lives of people living with autism.



Kelly Bertenthal, Senior Manager

(916) 890-4638