Special Education Community Events and News

Special Education Community Event Calendar

Mon Nov 7 @ 10-11:30am: Special Education: IEP Basics & Beyond, Presented by DREDF

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

You must register in advance for this training:

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Wed Nov 9 @ 6-8:00pm: Parent Empowerment Institute Presents: Cultural Humility with Dr. Ammar Saheli presented by SFUSD ADR and Support for Families

Presented in English with Cantonese and Spanish interpretation available

Dr. Saheli serves as a pastor, Director of Student Support Services for a Bay Area School District and CEO of Saheli7 Educational Consulting.

He specializes in managing the tough and necessary dialogues that are critical to moving systems beyond the impact of cultural bias and institutional barriers.

About the Parent Empowerment Institute (PEI)
More than ever, outer world pressures, including rapid social change, call for the application of creative, alternative approaches and a cultural lens to address learning recovery. SFUSD’s Alternative Dispute Resolution program, in partnership with Support for Families with Children with Disabilities brings you a monthly series to further inclusion, understanding, and education for families of children in special education and help them navigate conflicts.

More info – English, 中文, español

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Sat Nov 12 @ 10:00-11:00am: Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Evidence-based Strategies, ABA Services through the Golden Gate Regional Center (GGRC) with Deanna Tran. Presented by Support for Families

Presented in English with Cantonese and Spanish interpretation available.

In this first segment, the speaker will guide families on the process of obtaining ABA services through GGRC. The topics will include: Early Intervention Therapy, roles of ABA clinical team, ABA intake assessment process, ABA schedules, and preparation for transition from GGRC to private insurance funded services. In the last part, the speaker will also hold a discussion about how families can best prepare and understand the new changes when their child’s therapy begins, as the impact is not only on the child, but on the family as a whole.

Deanna Tran, our presenter, is a clinician who practiced Applied Behavioral Analysis for over a decade. She provides consultation to school districts and creates individualized treatment plans for children and adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) . She earned her Master’s degree in Education, with an emphasis on ASD. She also has a 9-year-old son who continues to be impacted by autism everyday. Deanna’s unique background has allowed her to gain valuable insights; one perspective as a professional and the other as a parent of a child with special needs.

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Mon Nov 14 @ 7-8:30pm: Mental Health, Behavior, Discipline, Presented by DREDF

Mental Health, Behavior, Discipline

When behavior interferes with learning: connecting the dots between disability and mental health needs at school.

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Thur Nov 17 @ 5:30pm: CAC&AAPAC Joint Meeting - Early Literacy Supports

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Learning to read is an important life skill. How do parents know they are doing the right things when teaching their children to read? How do parents know what are the red flags and what the school should be using to teach children to lead? 

Join AAPAC and the CAC for a campfire discussion with experts and parents who will share their knowledge about early literacy and share their lived experiences. Panelists will share the important components of a strong literacy program for early learners and students with and without dyslexia. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions about literacy and learn about interventions that will help their child. 

This is an in person meeting and will be held at Leola Havard (1520 Oakdale Ave, San Francisco).  Register in advance for this meeting here.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

Visit the CAC meetings page for more details, including how to reserve interpretation. 

Contact the AAPAC via email at aapac@sfusd.edu


Virtual ASL and Interpretation services are available with advance reservation. To reserve, please email cacspedsf@gmail.com or call 415-447-7802. Visit the CAC meetings page for more details, including how to reserve interpretation. 


CAC 2022-2023 Meeting Calendar  

Lunes 28 de Novembre @ 10-11:30am Educación Especial: Salud Mental, Comportamiento y Disciplina, ​presentado por Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund

Educación Especial: Salud Mental, Comportamiento y Disciplina

10:00 am – 11:30 am
28 de Noviembre, 2022

Cuando el comportamiento interfiere con el aprendizaje: la conexión entre la discapacidad y las necesidades de salud mental en la escuela.


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Thurs Dec 8 @ 6-8:00pm: "Inclusion in San Francisco- From the Birthplace of the Disability Rights Movement to Today"

Inclusive Schools Week Keynote Event: "Inclusion in San Francisco- From the Birthplace of the Disability Rights Movement to Today"

December 8, 2022: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Join us for a very special virtual presentation about inclusion and the fight for disability rights in our city. San Francisco has a rich history of disability advocacy that includes the 1977 Section 504 sit-in at the Federal Building and continues today. We are honored to have participants of the 504 sit in as well as members of the disability community joining us to share their stories and experiences.

Speakers from: Support for Families, SFUSD, PPSF (Parents for Public Schools)

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Fri Dec 9 @ 9-10am: Special Olympics Virtual ISW Speaker Event

Special Olympics Virtual Assembly hosted by Thurgood Marshall

December 9, 2022: 9:00am-10:00am

Featured Speaker: Phillip Gonzales

Phillip Gonzales is a multi-sport Special Olympics athlete who competes in soccer, basketball and track & field. He is an Athlete Leader for Special Olympics Northern California, serving as an ambassador and speaking to businesses, schools, government leaders and more. Phillip has hosted radio shows, podcasts, been interviewed by the Oakland A’s, and emceed the Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games Opening Ceremony.

Join us to hear about Phillip’s  journey growing up with an intellectual disability, and the importance of having an inclusive and respectful attitude. The speech and presentation will be appropriate for all ages, but targeted more towards a secondary audience. There will be a speech followed by Q&A at the end.

Thank you to Thurgood Marshall High School who will be hosting this virtual opportunity.

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Sat Dec 10 @ 10-11am: Approaching Assistive Technology presented by Support for Families

Approaching Assistive Technology

December 10, 2022; 10:00am-11:00am


Presented in English with Cantonese and Spanish interpretation available.

What does the term “Assistive Technology” actually mean and how can it support students with disabilities? How can an IEP team approach the Assistive Technology consideration process? What are the factors to consider? Learn a best practices approach to Assistive Technology consideration, and see examples of the types of tools available to help with reading, writing, and other academic tasks.

Featured Speaker: Jen McDonald-Peltier from the Center for Accessible Technology

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Disability and Special Education in the News

Check out this round up of articles about the disability experience and special education. Looking for more news? Check out the Support for Families Blog or the University of Washington's Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DO-IT) Disability in the News webpage for even more articles.

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Past Articles

This page was last updated on November 21, 2022