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, February 1 @ 6:00 - 7:00p: 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. Zoom. 


Thursday, February 8 @ 6:00 - 7:00p: In Our Own Voice (Loved One Voices)

Signature NAMI program - highlighting community voices. Volunteers who identify as family members / loved ones will share about their experience supporting loved ones. For family members, peers, and all community members. Monthly on the second Thursday. Zoom. 


Sunday, February 18 @ 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. 


February Programs

Monday, February 5 @ 5:30p - 6:45p: Exploring Counseling Careers Paths - Panel Discussion

A panel discussion breaking down different counseling career paths with current and former NAMI SF volunteers. Zoom. 


Thursday, February 22 @ 6:00 - 7:30p: Mental Health in the Black Church - Barriers and Bridges

NAMI San Francisco presents a panel discussion on the role of the Black Church and faith communities in supporting mental health and wellbeing. Featuring local panelists. Part of the programming series Black History Month x Black Mental Health. Zoom


Thursday, February 29 @ 6:00 - 7:15p: Black / African American Mental Health 101

Educational presentation focused on the Black / African American experience with mental health. Didactic content includes a conversation on contributing factors, barriers to care, generational trauma, and information on local resources and supports. Also hear from community members who will share their stories of living with mental health conditions. Part of the programming series Black History Month x Black Mental HealthZoom



Winter 2024: Therapeutic Rec Programming

Registration Information

Everybody Plays Day! @ Eureka Valley Recreation Center

Saturday, January 20th- 10:00am-1:00pm, Ages 6-12

For children with Autism or other developmental disabilities, ages 6 -12. Everybody Plays Day is an opportunity for parents to drop off their children for a play day with our trained staff. Then, parents can go have a play day themselves! Sports skills, cooperative games, and more! You provide snack and lunch for your child and we provide the rest.

Teen Time! @ Eureka Valley Recreation Center

Saturday, January 27th- 10:00am-1:00pm, Ages 13-18

For teens with Autism or other developmental disabilities. We focus on social skills, life skills, cooperative games, community field trips and more! This is an opportunity for parents to drop off their teens for some Teen Time with our trained staff. Then, parents can go have some time for themselves! You provide snack and lunch for your teen and we provide the rest.

TR Afternoon Social Club @ Eureka Valley Recreation Center

Tuesdays, January 23th - February 20th, 3:00pm-5:30pm, Ages 14-22

For teens and transition-aged youth with Autism or other developmental disabilities, ages 14-22. Come join us for a 5-week pilot program! This is an opportunity for young adults to have time with peers- without parents! Designed for the young adult in mind, we focus on social skills, life skills, team building activities, and community field trips. We strive to develop social and life skills while fostering community integration and encouraging independence in a safe and nurturing environment. Due to the low staff ratio, participants should be independent with personal care and stay with the group with verbal prompting on field trips.

Access to Health and Fitness @ Mission Recreation Center

Wednesdays, January 10th - March 6th, 10:00am-11:30am, Ages 18+

Come get healthy and fit! This is a specialized Therapeutic Recreation Program, serving transition aged youth with disabilities. We strive to develop social and life skills while fostering community integration and encouraging independence in a safe and nurturing environment. We, will work directly with the ACCESS students, to help them develop healthy lifestyle and fitness skills. We recommend bringing comfortable clothes and shoes as well as water.

TR Family Days @ Location TBD

Saturdays to March 9th, 10:00am-1:00pm, All Ages

This program is for families and friends of our Therapeutic Recreation programs. Open to siblings, caregivers, and others, our TR Family Days program provides the opportunity for families of children with disabilities to connect with one another, create friendships, experience new recreation activities, and build community. Come join us for our family outings this season! Note: that at least one caregiver must accompany your child for this program. All family members attending must be registered and must plan to meet us at the designated location/outing.


Thur Feb 7 @ 5:30-6:30pm: A Strength-Based Approach to Learner Variability and Neurodiversity

A Strength-Based Approach to Learner Variability and Neurodiversity
February 7, 2024 • 5:30pm – 6:30pm PT

Barbara Pape, EdM, Senior Director of the Learner Variability Project at Digital Promise. Barbara will discuss how terms such as learner variability, whole child, and universal design for learning (UDL) can be applied to create strength-based teaching and learning for neurodiverse students.

Register Here

Mon Feb 12 @ 7:00 - 8:30pm: DREDF - IEP Basics & Beyond

An overview of the special education process, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act laws.

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.

Tue Feb 13 @ 10:00-11:30am: Disability Awareness and Etiquette from Disability Access Services

Brought to you by Department of Rehabilitation Disability Access Services

Become disability aware and learn how to engage with persons with disabilities in this insightful webinar.


Tuesday, February 13, 2024

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM


  • People who make hiring decisions.
  • People who manage people.
  • People who work with people with disabilities.
  • People who provide services to people with disabilities.
  • Anyone who values diversity and inclusion.


Zoom Registration



American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreting

Real Time Captioning

For additional reasonable accommodations, please email DAS Training by February 6th.

Thurs Feb 15 @ 5:30-7:00pm: 2E Emotional Regulation with Emily Kircher-Morris

Processing and managing emotions is hard for even the most level-headed of us. For gifted and twice-exceptional kids and teens, dealing with "all the feels" can be exhausting. The skills needed to develop emotional regulation can be developed over time with guidance and compassion from parents and educators. Emily will break down the 4-step process of emotional regulation so we can help our kids who are "a little bit extra" find healthy ways to manage their emotions.


Emily is the highly acclaimed creator of the Neurodiversity Podcast, author of several books including “Raising Twice-Exceptional Children: A Handbook for Parents of Neurodivergent Gifted Kids”, and speaks internationally at conferences about neurodiversity affirming topics.


*This event will be recorded and emailed to all RSVPs

Sat Feb 17 @ 12-12:30pm: Lunar New Year Workshop: Wounds and Wisdom by Ed Center @ The Village Well

All parents have cultural wisdom. This shows up in our family values such as hard work, respect or service. Many of us also carry generational trauma that impedes us from being our best selves. This interactive workshop will help parents learn how to tell the difference between cultural wisdom and generational trauma. Parents will receive concrete tools to embrace traditions, interrupt triggers and heal old wounds.

This session is just 30 minutes. Ed will stay on afterwards to answer more individual questions.

About Ed Center:

Ed Center is a queer brown dad who coaches parents and other kid-raisers toward greater connection, calm, and joy. During the height of the pandemic, Ed’s son suffered an acute mental health crisis. Searching for support, Ed discovered the field of positive parenting and learned strategies and tools to strengthen his connection with his son, leading to healing for the whole family. He started The Village Well to bring more connection, joy, and healing to families of color.


Register here

Thurs Feb 22 @ 6:00-8:00pm: February CAC Meeting- Community Conversation on the SFUSD Budget & LCAP



Date & Time: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2024 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Join us to discuss and help shape SFUSD’s Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).  We will talk about family and community priorities and how families and community partners can help students and schools succeed. SFUSD staff will also provide updates on the district Resource Alignment Strategies and an overview of the new School Staffing Model.

Register Here

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Printable translations: English I Spanish I Cantonese I Arabic I Tagalog I Vietnamese
Únase al CAC y al SFUSD para una discusión sobre el Presupuesto y el Plan de Responsabilidad y Control Local (LCAP) del SFUSD.

與 CAC 和 SFUSD 一起討論 SFUSD 預算以及地方控制和問責計劃 (LCAP).

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 Feb 24 @11:00am-2:00pm: DCYF Summer Resource Fair

Location: County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, 1199 9th Ave

The annual Citywide Summer Resource Fair features representatives from 100 summer camps, classes, and programs for children in grades K-8, and is an excellent way to start making your family’s summer plans.

Come to the Summer Resource Fair to learn about how your children can spend their summer in San Francisco, and stick around for a some fun! The SF Recreation & Parks Department will host family-friendly games and good times, our exhibitors will host activities and giveaways, and the SF Public Library will roll up in their Bookmobile and host a huge book giveaway.

After attending the Summer Resource Fair, make it a family day at Golden Gate Park! The County Fair Building is next door to the wonderful San Francisco Botanical Garden (which is free for all San Francisco residents), it is an easy, short walk to the California Academy of Sciences, and it is a good starting point for everything that Golden Gate Park has to offer.

Learn more about exhibitors here


Sun Feb 25 & March 17 @ 10:30am-1:30pm: SF Ballet Dance Alongs

Dance-Along with us to Swan Lake and A Midsummer Night's Dream!

Tickets Here

San Francisco Ballet invites you to join our upcoming Dance-Along workshops. Our Family and Sensory Friendly Dance-Alongs are sure to delight all ages and abilities. 


Move to the choreography, discover the music, learn about costumes and pointe shoes, and enjoy hands-on arts and craft activities.


A quiet room and family restrooms will be available and accessible at all times. 

Who: The Dance-Alongs at 10:30 and 11:45 am are recommended for families with children ages 4–7. The Sensory Friendly Dance-Along at 1:30 pm is designed for neurodiverse individuals of all ages, plus their families and caretakers.



  • Swan Lake Dance-Along on Sunday, February 25, 2024
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream Dance-Along on Sunday, March 17, 2024

Where: SF Ballet, 455 Franklin Street, San Francisco
The Dance-Along is in the SF Ballet building across the street from the Opera House.


Cost: Tickets are $25 per person, adult and child. All children must be accompanied by an adult; all attendees must have a ticket.

Participants should wear comfortable clothes that allow for movement and are welcome to wear their favorite costume. Ballet shoes are not required. No prior dance experience is needed; all bodies and physical abilities welcome.

Learn more and purchase tickets

Please email your questions to education@sfballet.org. We look forward to welcoming you at San Francisco Ballet!

Lunes Feb 26 @ 10:00-11:30am: DREDF- 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

Fri-Sat March 1-2: 2024 Literacy and Justice for All Symposium

Register Here

Location: Oakland Marriott City Center

The Oakland Literacy Coalition’s Annual Literacy & Justice for All Symposium brings together school and community educators, practitioners, funders, leaders, influencers, and community stakeholders committed to sharing and learning effective strategies, approaches, and tools that address the literacy needs of all learners. This event provides fighters for literacy justice with expanded spaces for professional learning in community and a chance to collaborate with literacy allies and champions across the region.

Our work toward literacy justice is critical. 1 in 3 children who started school during the pandemic need extensive literacy support. At the state level, California has the lowest literacy rate in the country with only 77% of adults are considered mid to highly literate. In our hometown of Oakland, only 1 in 3 students are reading on or above their grade-level.

Learn more about the symposium here

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