Special Education Community Events and News

Summer Opportunities

SF Recreation and Parks Therapeutic Recreation and Inclusion Services

  • To qualify for early registration for summer day camps, your child must be a current scholarship recipient.  If you have a child with a disability who is on Medi-Cal, they can qualify.  Apply right away using this link.  Our registration team is working hard to process all applications in time for early registration on March 13.
  • If you are interested in applying for a scholarship and finding more information, please visit www.sfrecpark.org/scholarships.
  • Link to apply: https://sfrecpark.seamlessdocs.com/f/scholarshiprenewal
  • Note: The application may say the deadline to apply is February 28, but you should apply right away anyway.  Our registration team is working hard to process all applications in time for early registration on March 13.
  • If you do not qualify, or do not get your application submitted in time, you will still be able to register beginning March 18.  (50% of all camp spots will still be available on March 18.)

Therapeutic Rec Summer Day Camp Offerings

Summer Day Camp general registration begins on Saturday, March 18 at 10 a.m. Therapeutic Rec (TR) summer camp offerings include Everybody Plays, Everybody Travels and Teen City summer camps! Note that to register for these camps, your ActiveNet account must be approved by our TR team. For assistance with registration and TR team approval, email rpdtr@sfgov.org. To register and for more information on these camps, click the link below.

TR Summer Day Camps

Learn more about Therapeutic Recreation and Inclusion opportunities

Therapeutic Recreation is Hiring for Summer Staff and Beyond!

Rec and Park's Therapeutic Recreation and Inclusion Services is hiring for its summer staff and beyond. Work with people with disabilities in a communal recreation setting. For more information and to apply, click the links below. Additional questions? Email rpdtr@sfgov.org.

Summer Resource Fair Features Enrichment Opportunities from SAN FRANCISCO RICHMOND REVIEW on MARCH 2, 2023 By Kate Quach

Special Education Community Event Calendar

Wed Mar 8 @ 6:00 - 8:00pm: Parent Empowerment Institute- IEP Myths and Facts

Have fun and gain clarity from an expert about some of the most Frequently Asked Questions about IEPs. Come prepared with your questions as well!

Click the link below to find more information: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1rHoFeyGXiMVMq6rqYxollwivmI4eW9AgWPjJpvFZOLY/edit#slide=id.p1

Register here

Event organized by: Special Education, Alternative Dispute Resolution

Thurs Mar 16 @ 6:30-8:30pm: DREDF Training - Special Education: Understanding the IEP & Importance of Goals

Special Education: Understanding the IEP & Importance of Goals

March 16, 2023 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm PT | Online

IEPs are developed based on evaluation and data about your child’s educational challenges from which IEP goals are created. These goals are one important way that the IEP team determines whether your child is making progress over one year. This training focuses on how to understand the IEP document and why goals are SO important. Having appropriate individualized goals, and understanding how to read the IEP can help your child get the most out of special education. We will also discuss common pitfalls to avoid – goals too low or too high or based on insufficient data or understanding of how the child's disability impacts her access to education. You must register in advance for this training.



A FREE conference for families of children with disabilities, the professionals who work with them, and community members. Sponsored by SFUSD Special Education Services and SFUSD Community Advisory Committee for Special Education

Date: Saturday, March 18, 2023
Time: 9am – 4pm
Where: John O’Connell High School, 2355 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (limited virtual options available)

What:  The theme and focus for this year's conference is Mental Health and Behavior with speakers and workshops on mental health supports, school avoidance and social regression, behavior support at school and many other disability specific topics as well as exhibitors providing community resources for families of children with disabilities. Featuring a Keynote from Dr Mary Bacon and a Lunchtime presentation from Nina G, comedian and disability advocate.  NOTE: Interpretation is available if requested by March 8. 



Conference Workshops

Session 1 - 10:30 - 11:30am
SFUSD Classroom Placement & IEPs, Transition to Adult Services Panel Discussion, Mental Health Supports, Navigating Special Ed for Students of Color, Benefits of Inclusion & Universal Design for Learning, What to Do When You Disagree with an IEP (This workshop will be virtual)

Session 2 - 12:30-1:30PM
IEP Related Services Overview, College & Career Panel Discussion, Parenting Support - School Avoidance and Social Regression, What to do when you disagree with an IEP, Literacy Strategies for Dyslexia, Healthy Sexuality for Teens with Disabilities (This workshop will be virtual)

Session 3 - 2:00 - 3:00PM
Understanding Special Education Assessments, Conservatorship for Adults with Disabilities, Behavior Support at School, Healthy Sexuality for Teens with Disabilities, Autism Support & Resources, Mental Health Supports (This workshop will be virtual)

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See you at the Conference!


Thurs Mar 23 @ 6:00-8pm: CAC Meeting: Behavior Best Practices presented by Lives in the Balance

Presented by the CAC

TOPIC: Behavior Best Practices

Please join us for a parent training session using Ross Greene’s Collaborative-Proactive Model (CPS) to better understand and problem solve trauma informed behaviors. Our presenter is Kim Hopkins from Lives in the Balance. An organization that trains parents, educators and community organizations nationwide on behavior best practices. 

CAC General Meetings are open to the public. The public can attend in person at Support for Families,1663 Mission St., Suite 700 or participate via Zoom. 

Please register in advance for this meeting. 

All are invited to participate in an informal community meet and greet from 6:00 pm until 6:30 pm. A light dinner will be provided.

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



Mon Mar 27 @ 9:30-11:30am: Educación Especial: Entendiendo el IEP y porque son importantes las metas

Educación Especial: Entendiendo el IEP y porque son importantes las metas

27 de marzo, 2023 | 9:30 am – 11:30 am (hora del Pacifico) | Por Zoom
Los IEP son elaborados en base a una evaluación y los datos sobre los retos educativos de su hijo, a partir de los cuales se crean los objetivos del IEP. Estos objetivos son una forma importante para que el equipo del IEP determine si su hijo está progresando cada año. Esta capacitación se enfoca en cómo entender el documento del IEP y por qué los objetivos son tan importantes. Tener objetivos individualizados apropiados, y entender cómo leer el IEP puede ayudar a su hijo a sacar el máximo provecho de la educación especial. También discutiremos los errores más comunes que hay que evitar: objetivos demasiado bajos o demasiado altos o basados en datos insuficientes o en la comprensión de cómo la discapacidad del niño afecta a su acceso a la educación. Debe registrarse con anticipación para esta capacitación.

Thurs Mar 30 @ 6:00 - 7:15pm: Community Focus - Filipinx-American Roundtable

Thursday, March 30 @ 6:00 - 7:15pm: Community Focus - Filipinx-American Roundtable

Staff members and volunteers who identify as Filipinx-American will discuss a variety of topics specific to their experience in the mental health space and in their community. Dedicated time for Q+A at the end. Zoom. 

Saturday, April 15th - Therapeutic Rec Family Day

Save the Date: Therapeutic Rec Family Day on April 15

Rec and Park's Therapeutic Recreation and Inclusion Services team invites you and your family to its Family Day on Saturday, April 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the location to be announced in the near future. Meet other families, bring a picnic, and enjoy fun activities. Registration is required for planning purposes. Register online at the link below or call (628) 652-2900.

Family Day Registration

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